1.In its letter to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of 17 November 2017, the Joint Committee requested a memorandum on the following points:
In relation to the maps of each restricted area in Schedule 1, explain why (1) an address is not given where hard copies of the maps can be inspected and (2) a website address is not given.
2.With respect to the first point raised by the Committee, this is not a service offered by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. We recognise, however, that the regulations could have included a reference to the fact that hard copies of the Command Papers are available for inspection free of charge but by appointment at the Parliamentary Archives, Houses of Parliament, London, SW1A 0PW. We will include this information in future revisions of the regulations. With respect to those maps that have not been reproduced in Command Papers, hard copies of the relevant Reports of the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting are not generally available, although they can be ordered via Amazon. We will give further thought to how to approach this issue in future revisions of these regulations, recognising that the most effective way to do so is to ensure that details of all Antarctic Specially Protected Areas are included in Command Papers.
3.With respect to the second point raised by the Committee, all of the Command Papers referred to in the regulations are available on www.gov.uk/publications. We recognise that a weblink could have been provided for each Command Paper, and will include this information in future revisions of the regulations. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office anticipates that the Command Paper containing the Measures adopted at the Thirty-ninth Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting will be laid before Parliament shortly, providing an early opportunity to include this information in the regulations.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
28 November 2017
7 December 2017