§ Lord Kennet
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether in their view it would be within the terms of the Montreux Convention for the Soviet Union to send the aircraft carrier now under construction in the Black Sea through the straits into the Mediterranean.
§ The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Young)
We have taken the view that the passage of aircraft carriers through the straits is not compatible with the Montreux Convention. As the noble Lord will be aware, this view is not shared by all parties to the convention.