§ Mr. Rowlands
asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he will make a statement on the outcome of the meeting of Antarctic Treaty Powers held in Washington last month; and whether he will make available any agreements made at that meeting.
§ Mr. Ridley
The Government regard the outcome of the wide-ranging Antarctic discussions in Washington as broadly satisfactory. A living resources conservation agreement is likely to be concluded next year and there was a thorough discussion of what might constitute an agreed approach to the exploration and exploitation of Antarctic minerals.
I have arranged to place in the Library of the House a copy of the final report of the meeting.