§ Mr. Vaz
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he takes to monitor the law in Gibraltar to ensure that it complies with decisions of the European Court of Human Rights; and whether he will use his powers to ensure that those laws of Gibraltar which are in conflict with decisions of the court are amended.
§ Mr. Garel-Jones
Under the constitution of Gibraltar the assent of the governor of Gibraltar is required before any Bill passed by the legislature of Gibraltar can become law. The governor, who is responsible to, and appointed by, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, considers all such legislation carefully with advice from the Attorney-General of Gibraltar and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and other Government Departments as appropriate. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has the power to disallow any legislation to which the governor has given his assent. I am not aware that there are any laws in Gibraltar which conflict with decisions of the European Court.