§ 27. Mr. A. Henderson
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what representations have been received from the Spanish Government with regard to the forthcoming Royal visit to Gibraltar
§ 28. Mr. Ernest Davies
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement on the representations made by the Spanish Government on the visit of Her Majesty the Queen to Gibraltar and the nature of his reply
§ Mr. Selwyn Lloyd
The Spanish Ambassador called at his own request on my right hon. Friend on 12th January. He delivered what he described as a "friendly warning" that the visit of Her Majesty the Queen to Gibraltar in May would cause resentment in Spain.
My right hon. Friend informed the Ambassador that he was not prepared to discuss the Queen's visit to any one of Her territories and that in no circumstances could he accept a representation on such a topic from any foreign Power.
§ Mr. Henderson
Is the Minister aware that he will have the support of hon. Members on this side of the House in resisting any improper pressure of this nature which may be sought to be put upon Her Majesty's Government by the Spanish Government? In view of this so-called "friendly warning" from the Spanish Government, can he assure the House that proper steps will be taken to prevent hostile demonstrations, organised from Madrid, during the course of Her Majesty's visit to Gibraltar?
§ Mr. Davies
Does not this visit of the Spanish Ambassador to the Foreign Secretary show the complete futility of the present policy towards Spain? This business of selling arms to Spain at this time is giving everything and receiving nothing whatever.
§ Mr. Patrick Maitland
Does not this show that diplomatic weakness at one end of the Mediterranean inevitably attracts insult and abuse at the other?