§ 9. Mr. Wall
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what constitutional changes are proposed for Gibraltar.
§ Mr. Frederick Lee
As the hon. Member was informed on the 18th November 1965, it is the view of Her Majesty's Government, which is shared by the 2165 elected members of the Gibraltar Legislative Council, that further constitutional advances are not at present desirable.
§ Mr. Wall
Is the Minister aware that what the people of Gibraltar want is an assurance that their children and their children's children will remain British and that this can be given only by a change in the constitution? Will he agree that the only alternatives are integration or free association with this country?
§ Mr. Maudling
In the continuing conversations with the Spanish Government, will the right hon. Gentleman confirm that there can be no question whatever of ceding any sovereignty in Gibraltar against the wishes of the local inhabitants?
§ Mr. Lee
That is more properly a question for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs. [HON. MEMBERS: "No."]—Oh, yes, the question of relationship with a foreign Power is not for the Secretary of State for the Colonies, but we are not unmindful of the comments which the right hon. Member has made.
§ Mr. Maudling
Surely the right hon. Gentleman must be concerned with the well-being of people in the Colonies? Surely he can give an absolutely straight answer on this fundamental point?