HC Deb 24 October 1956 vol 558 c634
30. Mr. Dodds

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why Service representatives have precedence over the Mayor of Gibraltar at Government functions in Gibraltar ; and, in view of the annoyance that this causes to the inhabitants, if he will take action to ensure that the Mayor is accorded the respect which his office warrants.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

This matter was considered when the title of Chairman of the City Council was changed to that of Mayor in 1955, but it was decided not to alter the Table of Precedence for Gibraltar as fixed in the previous year. I have not received any representations to support the suggestion that existing arrangements are causing annoyance.

Mr. Dodds

Will the right hon. Gentleman, therefore, be prepared to receive representations on this point? As Secretary of State for the Colonies, is he not aware that this precedence of Service chiefs is a matter of some humiliation to the intensely loyal people of Gibraltar?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I repeat that I have not received representations I am always ready to listen to what is said to me, and whatever the position of the Mayor in the Table of Precedence, I have the highest respect for my friend, Mr. Hassan, the Mayor of Gibraltar.

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