HL Deb 08 February 1979 vol 398 c966WA

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What limits they recognise to Soviet internal waters in the Artcic Ocean seas listed.


Internal waters are those within the inner limits of the territorial sea, which are the low water line on the coast, or bay closing lines or straight baselines established in accordance with international law. In 1961 Her Majesty's Government reserved their position in respect of certain provisions in Soviet domestic legislation on the subject of bay closing lines and straight baselines; they are not aware of any specific subsequent action by the Soviet Government to establish territorial sea baselines in the sea areas mentioned which raise the question of recognition.