HC Deb 16 July 1984 vol 64 cc59-60W
Sir John Biggs-Davison

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs why Her Majesty's Government have not yet completed their consideration of fisheries conservation around the Falkland Islands.

Mr. Whitney

Fisheries conservation would be one of the most important purposes of an exclusive fisheries limit (EFL) around the Falkland Islands. The establishment of such a zone is a complex matter which remains under active consideration. We must avoid the risks of long-term repercussions which could outweigh the short-term benefits of declaring an EFL.