Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 5th September 2012.

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Photo of Oliver Colvile Oliver Colvile Conservative, Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made to the Spanish Government over the incursion by Guardia Civil vessels into Gibraltarian waters on the nights of 23 and 24 May 2012 despite receiving repeated orders from the Royal Navy to leave.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

We were deeply concerned by the incursions on 23 and 24 May. We protested formally to the Spanish authorities soon after the incursions took place. The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), discussed this with Spanish Foreign Minister Garcia-Margallo on 29 May. Spanish agencies do not have any jurisdiction in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters (BGTW). We are confident of UK sovereignty over BGTW and are committed to upholding UK sovereignty. We make this clear to the Spanish Government whenever appropriate.

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