Spain (British Tourists)

Oral Answers to Questions — Gibraltar – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th February 1965.

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Photo of Mr Simon Digby Mr Simon Digby , West Dorset 12:00 am, 11th February 1965

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will consult the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs about the restriction of British tourists to Spain, except through Gibraltar.

Photo of Mrs Eirene White Mrs Eirene White , Flintshire East

The hon. Member will appreciate that specific questions on matters relating to Spain are for my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary. We are in close consultation and my hon. Friend the Minister of State hopes to catch your eye, Mr. Speaker, later today on the Motion for the Adjournment.

Photo of Mr Simon Digby Mr Simon Digby , West Dorset

Are we to understand that the Government, having got into this quarrel, will allow the diversion of British tourists to every point of entry except Gibraltar?

Photo of Mrs Eirene White Mrs Eirene White , Flintshire East

Not at all. That is certainly not our intention.

Photo of Mr Henry Hynd Mr Henry Hynd , Accrington

As this traffic across the frontier between Gibraltar and Spain is a two-way traffic, what is my hon. Friend doing by way of retaliation?

Photo of Mrs Eirene White Mrs Eirene White , Flintshire East

For the time being I see no reason why we should behave in such a childish way as the Spanish Government are behaving.