§ Mr. Butler
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is his latest assessment of the potential of exploiting hydrocarbons around the Falkland Islands.
§ Mr. Sainsbury
Seismic surveys were carried out in the waters around the Falkland Islands in the 1970s. The results were commercially confidential and thus do not allow us to make any assessment of the potential for the exploitation of hydrocarbons.