HC Deb 01 November 1966 vol 735 cc75-6W
Q11. Mr. George Jeger

asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware of the anxieties of the people of Gibraltar about their future arising out of the secret nature of the talks with the Spanish Government; and whether he will give an assurance that no agreement will be accepted until it has been approved by a referendum in Gibraltar.

The Prime Minister

As to the first part of my hon. Friend's Question, I would refer him to the Answers to Questions on Gibraltar given by my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary yesterday; as to the second, I do not think it would be helpful at this stage to commit Her

Fat Cattle Store Cattle *Sheep and Goats
1965 1966 1965 1966 1965 1966
January 7,556 10,430 42,152 36,601 7,059 4,463
February 1,022 6,267 50,594 40,090 11,086 10,345
March 150 2,823 60,678 53,975 12,859 9,431
April 116 1,754 36,695 44,905 11,016 7,709
May 309 829 24,310 40,432 12,632 8,151
June 1,431 1,231 22,521 15,155 17,283 11,031
July 6,844 6,603 36,207 46,304 54,367 29,479
August 5,993 9,597 33,907 39,373 39,647 30,268
September 8,006 21,290 27,202 27,487 25,519 25,598
* Records available do not separate sheep and goats, but the numbers of goats are very small.

Fat cattle imported for immediate slaughter would not receive subsidy. Eligibility for subsidy requires imported animals to complete a minimum period of domicile, and they may be kept for longer. The amount of subsidy paid cannot, therefore, be related to the numbers imported in the same period.

The amounts of subsidy paid on imported cattle in each of the first nine months of 1965 and 1966 were: —

Majesty's Government to any particular form of consultation with the people of Gibraltar.

Q18. Mr. Ogden

asked the Prime Minister if he will now give an assurance that Her Majesty's Government will aid and support the Governor and people of Gibraltar with all the resources of the United Kingdom, and continue such aid and support for as long as may be required by the lawful Government of Gibraltar.

The Prime Minister

I would refer my hon. Friend to the Answers given by my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary to similar Questions yesterday.