HC Deb 25 June 1958 vol 590 c410
22. Mr. E. Fletcher

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will lodge a protest with the Spanish Government against the continued discrimination against Protestant British subjects in Spain and, in particular, the denial to British Protestants of the right to contract a civil marriage.

Mr. Selwyn Lloyd

If the hon. Member will send me details of any particular cases he has in mind I will certainly look into them. I know of no discrimination against British subjects as such, but Spanish regulations only permit civil marriage to those who can show that they were not baptised Roman Catholics.

Mr. Fletcher

I certainly will send details to the Foreign Secretary, but will he bear in mind that I have had representations that the increasing number of British tourists there are quite scandalised by the discrimination against Protestants in Spain?

Mr. Lloyd

If the hon. Gentleman will give me any particulars, I will be only too glad to take them up.