HC Deb 20 June 1956 vol 554 cc95-6W
13. Mr. Usborne

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs why the British representative on the International Control Committee of the Tangier Zone at its recent meeting was in favour of renationalising Tangier.

Mr. Selwyn Lloyd

The existing Statute of Tangier was the counterpart of the division of the rest of Morocco into French and Spanish Protectorates. Now that Morocco has again become an independent State the Powers represented on the Tangier Committee of Control are all of the opinion that the maintenance of the international regime there is no longer appropriate. Her Majesty's Consul-General at Tangier has therefore been instructed to express Her Majesty's Government's willingness to negotiate the abrogation of the Statute.