HC Deb 01 March 1965 vol 707 cc169-70W
46. Sir P. Agnew

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement about the circumstances in which a British vessel of 30 tons, based on Gibraltar, has been arrested, together with her crew, by a Spanish Government patrol vessel, on a charge of attempting to smuggle contraband goods into Spain.

Mr. George Thomson

On 16th February, the motor vessel "Lota" was stopped by a Spanish customs boat off Europa Point and towed to Algeciras. The British Vice-Consul at Algeciras has been informed that the vessel is wanted in connection with a smuggling incident on the north coast of Spain in August, 1964. The crew, none of whom was apparently involved in that incident, were released on 17th February.

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