§ Mr. Tomlinson
Under the Geneva Convention on the Continental Shelf and under general international law, the consent of the British Government is required to prospect for and extract oil from any area of the seabed which appertains to the Falkland Islands. Licences may be issued for these and similar purposes by the governor under local legislation within the 100 fathom line as defined by the Falkland Islands (Continental Shelf) Order in Council 1950. Consent was given last year to two United States survey companies to carry out a seismic survey around the Falkland Islands. No licences have been issued for the prospecting or extraction of oil.