HL Deb 09 March 1988 vol 494 cc793-4WA
Lord Kennet

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether, given the geographical position of the Shetland Islands, they consider the United Kingdom to be among those countries which have a direct interest in Arctic affairs, and if so whether they are taking part in the various discussions currently being carried on, some as a result of, and some concerning, the various proposals for international co-operation put forward by Mr. Gorbachev in October 1987.

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Glenarthur)

The United Kingdom has an interest in the Arctic and will participate in any discussions concerning the area.