Gibraltar Dockyard

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th May 1982.

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Photo of Mr Albert McQuarrie Mr Albert McQuarrie , Aberdeenshire East 12:00 am, 25th May 1982

My hon. Friend will be aware of the considerable importance that was attached to Gibraltar during the time of the conversion of various vessels for the Falkland Islands crisis? Will he accept the fact that Gibraltar is the nearest port to the Falklands for the repair of any damaged naval vessels? In those circumstances, will he accept that it is essential that the labour force in Gibraltar is retained for so long as the crisis in the Falklands exists?