HC Deb 04 May 1877 vol 234 c318

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, What steps the Colonial Department is proposing to take with reference to trade at Gibraltar and the neighbourhood calculated to affect British commerce on that coast; and, whether, before any instructions are issued on the subject, they will be laid upon the Table of the House?


Sir, the intention is to frame regulations which, while in no way interposing obstacles in the way of legitimate commerce, shall prevent the port of Gibraltar from continuing to be a smuggling depot. I am afraid I can add nothing to what I said the other day—namely, that the Manchester Chamber of Commerce have been informed that no final action will be taken until they have been again communicated with, and that a copy of the regulations will be laid upon the Table before they are brought into operation.