§ The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. George Brown)
As the House is aware, the talks which were to have begun on 18th April were postponed.
On 19th April the Spanish Government informed us officially of the Prohibited Area near Gibraltar which they have declared, and gave us an explanatory memorandum. The Spanish Ambassador was asked again to call at the Foreign Office this morning to discuss this further. Meanwhile the United Kingdom Representative to the International Civil Aviation Organisation has been instructed to take the steps necessary to enable the matter to be considered by the current session of the I.C.A.O. Council.
§ Mr. Maxwell
Will my right hon. Friend say exactly what steps the Spanish are taking to hinder air transport into Gibraltar? Can he say whether he is prepared to take counter measures against them?
§ Mr. Biggs-Davison
Will the right hon. Gentleman please dispel any doubt that the Government hold that British sovereignty over Gibraltar is inviolable unless the people of the Rock desire any change in that position? When in Washington, did the right hon. Gentleman find a sympathetic attitude on the part of the Americans to help us in this dispute?