§ Lord Kennet
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they consider the four islands of the Kurile Chain (Etorofu, Kunashiri, Shikotan and Habomai) to be territories to which Japan has a legitimate claim, or whether they consider them to form part of the Soviet Union.
§ Baroness Young
We are aware of the Japanese claim to the Islands of Etorofu, Kunashiri, Shikotan and Habomai. This is a complex legal and political issue which is a matter for resolution between the governments of Japan and the Soviet Union.