§ 4. Mr. Gwilym Roberts
asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs when he proposes to hold a Gibraltar Constitution Conference; and, in view of the votes given to the Integration with Britain party candidate at the recent Legislative Council by-election, if he will 228 ensure that representatives of the Integration with Britain party are invited to participate in such a conference.>
§ The Minister of State for Commonwealth Affairs (Mrs. Judith Hart)
As I stated on 14th June [Vol. 748, c. 565], we intend to hold constitutional discussions, probably in Gibraltar, after the referendum with representatives of all shades of political opinion in Gibraltar including the Integration Party if the majority vote to retain the link with Britain. We shall then discuss any appropriate changes in the constitution which may be desired.
Sir C. Mott-Radelyffe
May I ask the hon. Lady whether a new principle is being established by which a referendum is held if the results are predictable and convenient to the Government of the day but not held if the results are not convenient?
§ Sir W. Teeling
As the integrationists and the present party in power in Gibraltar have rather different ideas about the future, surely there will be difficulty in the referendum unless the people are told a little in advance what the British Government intend to do afterwards?
§ 24. Mr. Fisher
asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs what plans Her Majesty's Government have made to enable air services to Gibraltar to be continued when weather conditions at Gibraltar Airport make it impossible 229 to conform to the restrictions imposed by Spain.
§ Mr. Fisher
If this situation arises, and it almost certainly will, what will be the Government's policy—to submit to the Spanish restrictions or to afford military support to our civilian aircraft? Has the hon. Lady considered another proposition, that of banning Spanish aircraft into and out of British airports?
The question of the prohibited zone is very urgent indeed, I agree. It is perfectly correct to say that the Government are raising this matter with the I.C.A.O. The dispute will now have to follow normal I.C.A.O. procedures for dealing with disputes, and I hope that this matter may be dealt with as soon as the procedures permit.