HC Deb 15 February 1954 vol 523 cc1635-6
29. Mr. Ernest Davies

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what reply has been received from the Spanish Government to the representations made by Her Majesty's Ambassador on the recent anti-British demonstrations in various parts of Spain.

The Minister of State (Mr. Selwyn Lloyd)

Her Majesty's Ambassador at Madrid has now received a letter from the Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs. In the course of it he stated that the Spanish authorities took effective measures to assure public order and protect official British property. He further stated that, as a result, the damage, which the Spanish Government regret, was very slight.

Mr. Davies

Does the Minister of State agree that the fact that these demonstrations have died down and the agitation concerning Gibraltar appears to have diminished indicates that it is far better to take strong action in relation to Franco than to appease him, which appears to be the policy of the present Government?

Mr. Lloyd

I do not agree with any of the inferences drawn by the hon. Member.

Mr. G. Jeger

Is Gibraltar listed among the British possessions which the Spanish Government are protecting?

Mr. Lloyd

That supplementary question deals with quite another matter.

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