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Falkland Islands: Pollution

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 136464, tabled on 18 April 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the role of the Government would be in the event of a large-scale category three oil spill in the Falklands Islands.

Answered on

26 April 2018

All hydrocarbon activities on the continental shelf of the Falkland Islands are regulated by Falkland Islands legislation, in strict accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The Falkland Islands Government is responsible for the development of mineral resources in the Falkland Islands and would be responsible in the event of a large-scale category three oil spill. As with all Overseas Territories the UK Government is committed to assist the Falkland Islands in the event of a major disaster.