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Island of Rockall Act 1972
United Kingdom Parliament
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.
Statute book chapter: 1972 c. 2
Territorial extent: United Kingdom
Dates
Date of Royal Assent: 10 February 1972
Commencement: 10 February 1972
Other legislation
Amendments: 1973 c. 65
Status: Current legislation
Official text of the statute as amended and in force today within the United Kingdom, from the UK Statute Law Database

The Island of Rockall Act 1972 (1972 c. 2) is a British Act of Parliament formally annexing Rockall in its entirety to protect it from Irish and Icelandic claims. The Act asserted that the Island of Rockall, was part of the Scottish county of Inverness-shire (it is now in the Western Isles).

The long title of the Act is "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".

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.

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