§ 24. Mr. Douglas
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the United Kingdom contribution to the preparatory commission's deliberation on the law of the sea convention.
§ Mr. Rifkind
The British delegation participated fully in the discussions on organisational and procedural matters which were the subjects of the 1983 session of the commission. We also made clear to other delegations our difficulties with the convention's deep seabed mining regime. Our delegation expects to play a full part in the substantive work of the commission this year.