UK Seabed Resources: Pacific Ocean

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 5th February 2019.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if will he place in the Library copies of the (a) domestic licence granted by the Government and (b) exploration contract granted by the International Seabed Authority to UK Seabed Resources Ltd for (i) the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone I and (ii) the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone II.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)

The International Seabed Authority is considering how it can make the exploration contracts for the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone publicly available, but in doing so it will have to protect the commercially and competitively sensitive information. In the meantime the UK Government will review whether it would be possible to publish the domestic licences.

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