HC Deb 06 July 1960 vol 626 c433
18. Mr. Holland

asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty what plans have been made for the Royal Navy to celebrate, on 24th July, the 256th anniversary of its victory at Gibraltar in the Western Mediterranean.

Mr. C. Ian Orr-Ewing

None, Sir.

Mr. Holland

Does my hon. Friend recall that this "impregnable" fortress was captured by a naval landing party of a detachment of the Royal Marines in an action which lasted less than four days? As this fortress of Gibraltar has been a valuable asset to the country ever since, does not my hon. Friend think that this occasion merits an annual order to the Fleet to splice the mainbrace?

Mr. Orr-Ewing

I will bear in mind what my hon. Friend has said and have a look at the matter.