Ascension Island

House of Lords written question – answered on 11th July 2012.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the status of the United Kingdom's submission to the United Nations Commission on the limits of the continental shelf with regard to Ascension Island.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

In response to the United Kingdom's submission to the United Nations Commission on the limits of the continental shelf with regard to Ascension Island, it was recommended, in 2010, that the UK was not entitled to establish the outer limits of its continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles. As a consequence, the UK is currently not permitted to extend its continental shelf beyond the 200 nautical mile limit contained in the United Nations Convention on the law of the sea (UNCLOS). We will keep the issue under review.

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