HC Deb 11 February 1965 vol 706 cc531-2
17. Mr. George Jeger

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has received the report of his senior economic adviser on Gibraltar; and whether he will make a statement on the action he proposes to take.

Mrs. White

A draft report is likely to be available very shortly. It will be presented to the Gibraltar Government. On receipt of their views my right hon. Friend will consider what action should be taken by the United Kingdom Government. As soon as Gibraltar's needs are established she can rely on us to consider urgently and with the utmost sympathy what help we can give.

Mr. Jeger

I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. Will she bear in mind that any steps which she takes to help Gibraltar will now receive the united support of the whole House? Will she bear in mind that this is in contradistinction to the situation of May, 1954? When Her Majesty the Queen visited Gibraltar, the Spaniards closed their consulate there and imposed the restrictions which now exist and have been intensified.

Mrs. White

I am sure that in the present circumstances we are all determined to do everything we can for the people of Gibraltar.