HC Deb 05 December 1983 vol 50 c20W
Mr. Gerald Howarth

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what transitional and permanent arrangements Her Majesty's Government are seeking to negotiate in order to limit the potential damage to the Gibraltar economy arising from the expected inflow of Spanish workers to the territory following Spain's accession to the European Community.

Mr. Rifkind

Transitional arrangements, where relevant to Gibraltar, would be the same for Gibraltar as for the rest of the European Community. As we have told the Gibraltar Government, the Community is seeking a transitional period, no less than for Greece, on the free movement of labour for Spanish workers. The Community is also seeking a declaration on the free movement of workers similar to that attached to the Greek Treaty of Accession.