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Gibraltar (Frontier Restrictions)

Oral Answers to Questions — Four-Power Statement on Nuclear Test Explosions – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd July 1957.

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Photo of Mr George Jeger Mr George Jeger , Goole 12:00 am, 3rd July 1957

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what reply he has received to his note of 16th April to the Spanish Government on the subject of Gibraltar frontier restrictions.

Photo of Mr Ian Harvey Mr Ian Harvey , Harrow East

None so far. Further discussions on this subject have, however, been initiated with the Spanish Government.

Photo of Mr George Jeger Mr George Jeger , Goole

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there is considerable feeling in Gibraltar that their interests have been overlooked by Her Majesty's Government, and will he at least send a reassuring message to that loyal Colony to say that he is going into the matter? Further, would he consider sending an all-party committee of inquiry to Gibraltar to look into the question of the frontier, because it is obvious that the reports he, or Her Majesty's Foreign Office, are getting differ very much indeed from the actual situation on the frontier?

Photo of Mr Ian Harvey Mr Ian Harvey , Harrow East

The hon. Gentleman has given me a good deal of information about this, which I have very carefully considered and which forms part of the new approaches. With regard to the assurance he asks for, this was given in the Adjournment debate when he raised the matter himself. As to the question of an all-party delegation, I think this does not arise at the moment.