HC Deb 25 February 1920 vol 125 cc1715-6W

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what number of Spaniards are employed in His Majesty's Dockyard, Gibraltar; whether the proportion of foreign labour is about 60 per cent.; and, if so, whether he will consider the advisability of providing facilities for the employment of British labour?


The number of Spanish workmen employed at Gibraltar is about 1,400, comprising, roughly, about 50 per cent. of the total number of employees, the remainder being British-born subects, and men out from the home yards under agreement. Of the latter, there are between 200 and 300. I am afraid the restricted area of Gibraltar and the housing difficulty renders it impracticable to send a larger proportion of men out from the home yards.