HL Deb 20 March 1986 vol 472 c1147WA
Lord Hylton

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How they reconcile their attitude that sovereignty over the Falkland Islands is non-negotiable, with their refusal to establish a 200-mile economic and fishery zone.

Baroness Young

As my right honourable and learned friend said in another place during the debate on the Queen's speech on 8th November 1985, it is plain common sense that conservation within a 200-mile economic and fishery zone around the Falkland Islands can best be achieved by co-operation among all those with an interest in orderly fishing in that region. That is why we have supported the initiative by the Food and Agriculture Organisation to put in place a multilateral fisheries regime. Our approach to this issue is highly practical. We want an effective multilateral regime, entirely without prejudice to our position on sovereignty. We shall of course continue to stand firmly by our commitments to the Falkland Islanders.