HC Deb 20 February 1973 vol 851 cc206-7
8. Mr. Greville Janner

asked the Minister of State for Defence what additional financial provision he proposes to make for the defence Gibraltar in 1973, over and that made in 1972.

The Under-Secretary of State for Defence for the Royal Navy (Mr. Antony Buck)

I cannot answer questions on defence expenditure for 1973 in advance of the publication of the White Paper.

Mr. Janner

When the Minister considers this expenditure, will he bear in mind the increasing hardship caused to the citizens of Gibraltar by the continued closure of the Spanish border? Will he further bear in mind the fact that the citizens of Gibraltar feel that on the whole they have been very poorly treated when comparison is made, for example, with the treatment accorded to the people of Malta who are infinitely more militant?

Mr. Buck

I have recently visited Gibraltar and I did not come away with that impression. Perhaps these are matters for my right hon. Friend the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary rather than for me.