HL Deb 20 April 1982 vol 429 c534WA
Earl Cathcart

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What plans exist for the reopening of the Gibraltar frontier and the implementation of other aspects of the Lisbon Statement.

Lord Belstead

It has been agreed between the British and the Spanish Governments that the start of negotiations on Gibraltar and the re-establishment of direct communicatons, which were due to take place on 20th April, should be postponed until 25th June. Her Majesty's Government remain committed, as in the Lisbon Statement, to starting negotiations aimed at overcoming all the differences between the two sides over Gibraltar, to reopening direct communications and to developing closer understanding between those directly concerned in the area. The Spanish Government have stated that they share this commitment.

House adjourned at two minutes before eight o'clock.