HC Deb 30 November 1938 vol 342 c441W
Mr. Pritt

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been called to a draft ordinance of the Government of Gibraltar, issued on 7th October last, to take power to prevent the nationals of certain foreign States from proceeding from Gibraltar to Spain with a view to taking part in warlike operations therein; and whether, as this draft ordinance offends against international courtesy by providing that aliens lawfully within the colony who are desirous of leaving shall not be allowed to do so and offends against justice by laying upon persons seeking to leave the colony the burden of proving that they are not intending to take part in warlike operations in Spain, and treats Eire as a foreign country, he will see to it that this draft ordinance does not come into law?

Mr. M. MacDonald

The draft Ordinance to which the hon. Member refers was prepared to enable His Majesty's Government to carry out their obligations under the Non-Intervention Agreement, and no question of offending against international courtesy can therefore arise. I am, however, in communication with the Governor regarding the other points raised by the hon. Member.

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