§ Lord Kennet
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What in their view are the requirements of international law in regard to the removal of oil drilling platforms at sea?
§ Viscount Davidson
I refer the noble Lord to the Answer I gave to him on 23rd February 1987 (Hansard, Vol. 485, cols. 83–84).
The Guidelines and Standards for the Removal of Offshore Installations and Structures on the Continental Shelf and in the Exclusive Economic Zone, which were approved by the Maritime Safety Committee of the International Maritime Organisation at its Fifty-fifth Session in April 1988, contain detailed guidance and international standards, based on the underlying legal principles, which member governments are being invited to take into account when making decisions about abandonment.