HC Deb 11 October 1976 vol 917 c35W
Miss Maynard

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will support the establishment of an international sea bed authority exercising direct and effective control over all activities related to the exploration for commercial purposes and exploitation of the sea bed beyond national jurisdiction.

Mr. Tomlinson

At the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea, Her Majesty's Government are working for the establishment, within the framework of a generally acceptable international agreement, of an International Seabed Authority to supervise the exploration for and exploitation of the mineral resources of the sea bed beyond the continental margin. This regime should guarantee access for States and their companies.

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