The Continental Shelf Act 1964 provides that any rights exercisable by the United Kingdom outside territorial waters1 with respect to the sea bed and subsoil and their natural resources, except in so far as they are exercisable in relation to coal, are vested in the Crown2. The Secretary of State, on behalf of Her Majesty, may grant licences to search and bore for and get petroleum3. The rights to exploit coal are vested in the Coal Authority4. The foregoing provisions relate to the continental shelf: the exploitation of
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