Island of Rockall Act 1972
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|Long title||An Act to make provision for the incorporation of that part of Her Majesty’s Dominions known as the Island of Rockall into that part of the United Kingdom known as Scotland, and for purposes connected therewith.|
|Citation||1972 c. 2|
|Territorial extent||United Kingdom|
|Royal assent||10 February 1972|
|Commencement||10 February 1972|
|Amended by||Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973|
|Text of statute as originally enacted|
The Island of Rockall Act 1972 (c. 2) is a British Act of Parliament formally incorporating the island of Rockall into the United Kingdom to protect it from Irish and Icelandic claims. The Act as originally passed declared that the Island of Rockall was now part of the Scottish county of Inverness-shire (it is now in the Western Isles).
The entire Act consists of a single effective section, which reads, "As from the date of the passing of this Act, the Island of Rockall (of which possession was formally taken in the name of Her Majesty on 18th September 1955 in pursuance of a Royal Warrant dated 14th September 1955 addressed to the Captain of Her Majesty's Ship Vidal) shall be incorporated into that part of the United Kingdom known as Scotland and shall form part of the District of Harris in the County of Inverness, and the law of Scotland shall apply accordingly." It was amended by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 to transfer administrative control to the Western Isles Council when Inverness-shire was abolished.