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Dáil Éireann debate -
Tuesday, 23 Apr 1968

Vol. 234 No. 1

Committee on Finance. - Continental Shelf Bill, 1967: Committee and Final Stages.

Sections 1 to 7, inclusive, agreed to.

I move amendment No. 1:

In subsection (1), page 5, line 35, to delete "paragraph 1" and substitute "the first paragraph".

This is a drafting amendment for clarification purposes. The paragraphs of Articles 7 of the Convention set out in the Schedule of the Submarine Telegraph Act, 1885 are not numbered. It is thought that this amendment will make the position somewhat clearer.

Amendment agreed to.

I move amendment No. 2:

In subsection (2), page 5, line 44, to delete "Section" and substitute "Sections 4 and", and to delete "is" and substitute "are".

It is intended to incorporate section 4 as well as section 13 of the Submarine Telegraph Act in this repealing subsection. Section 4 of that Act limits the application of Article 4 of the Convention to cables laid not deeper than 100 fathoms. We cannot see any reason at this stage why this limitation, which is not part of either the 1884 Convention or the Convention on the High Seas, 1958, should be retained, so the effect of bringing in the repeal of section 4 is to secure that this applies to any depth.

You have no evidence whether in effect it is being carried out?

Perhaps this is the appropriate time to ask a question I intended asking later. Am I correct in stating that we signed the Convention on the Continental Shelf?

Are we adhering to this in all our operations in this Bill?

Amendment agreed to.
Section 8, as amended, agreed to.
Sections 9 to 16, inclusive, agreed to.
Title agreed to.
Bill reported with amendments, received for final consideration and passed.