Gibraltar

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department holds on the effect that Gibraltar border delays have had on tourism and visitor numbers to Gibraltar over the last four months.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

Immigration and related issues are within the constitutional competence of HM Government of Gibraltar. The UK Government therefore do not hold detailed information on the effects of delays at the Gibraltar border on tourism and visitor numbers to Gibraltar. HM Government of Gibraltar will hold information on these subjects and we remain in close contact with them. We are issuing formal protests to the Spanish Government regarding all disproportionate delays reported at the Gibraltar-Spain border. We are continuing to press the Spanish authorities to act without delay on the European Commission's recommendations. If implemented, we believe these recommendations would reduce the delays. The Prime Minister raised the disproportionate border delays with the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, on 20 December.

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