Gibraltar (Economic Aid)

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th June 1966.

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Photo of Mr Nigel Fisher Mr Nigel Fisher , Surbiton 12:00 am, 28th June 1966

asked the Minister of Overseas Development if he will announce the extent of future economic aid for Gibraltar.

Photo of Mr Anthony Greenwood Mr Anthony Greenwood , Rossendale

For the period up to April, 1968, Gibraltar has been allocated a grant of £1 million and a loan of £200,000 under the Colonial Development and Welfare Act.

Photo of Mr Nigel Fisher Mr Nigel Fisher , Surbiton

I appreciate that that is quite generous, but as the economy of Gibraltar, through no fault of its own, has been drastically curtailed by the Spanish restrictions, and as the talks may be protracted and may not have a successful outcome, it is, would not the right hon. Gentleman agree, up to us to be very generous—

Photo of Dr Horace King Dr Horace King , Southampton, Itchen

Order. We must have a question.

Photo of Mr Anthony Greenwood Mr Anthony Greenwood , Rossendale

I have a great deal of sympathy with what the hon. Gentleman has said. So far the allocation has been generous, I think, and the scale of future allocations must depend, to a large extent, on the progress the Gibraltar Government make with drawing up their development plan on which they are at present engaged.

Photo of Mr Jon Rankin Mr Jon Rankin , Glasgow Govan

Does this aid comprehend the money being spent in creating and constructing a tunnel in the Rock?

Photo of Mr Anthony Greenwood Mr Anthony Greenwood , Rossendale

Not as far as I am aware. So far, the money approved is to be spent on housing and the provision of a school.

Photo of Mr John Farr Mr John Farr , Harborough

In view of the critical state in which Gibraltar finds herself, would the right hon. Gentleman confirm that he will review the allocation from time to time to see whether it can be increased or revised to meet eventualities which may be as yet over the horizon?

Photo of Mr Anthony Greenwood Mr Anthony Greenwood , Rossendale

I think that we had better await developments. The Gibraltar Government know that they can always reopen these matters with us, but it is impossible at this stage to forecast what steps will be taken to meet those requirements.