§ Mr. Latham
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received from residents of Gibraltar regarding their future citizenship; and what reply he has sent.
§ Mr. Raison
Since the publication of the British Nationality Bill on 15 January the Home Office has received seven representations on the Bill from residents of Gibraltar as at 2 March 1981. There has also been a petition to my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister signed by a large number of residents.168W
The replies to the letters have made it clear that while the Government do not feel able to grant Gibraltarians British citizenship, this in no way affects the relationship between Gibraltar and the United Kingdom or the Government's commitments and obligations to it.