HL Deb 10 June 1999 vol 601 c172WA
Lord Kennet

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will initiate consideration in the appropriate international fora of rules to govern the launching of satellites from platforms on the high seas so as to include environmental assessments. [HL2336]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean

The responsibility for controlling platforms on the high seas lies initially with the flag state. In the absence of evidence that flag states and other states legitimately involved are failing in their responsibilities in this respect, it would seem premature to raise the issue.