HC Deb 02 July 2002 vol 388 cc275-6W
Mr. Spring

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the results of his discussions on Gibraltar with the Spanish Foreign Secretary on 26 June; what deadline exists for the negotiations with Spain on the future of Gibraltar; and if he will make a statement. [65711]

Peter Hain

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary and the Spanish Foreign Minister met informally in London on 26 June to continue discussions on Gibraltar. They had a friendly and constructive exchange of views. They agreed that we have made good progress since talks were restarted last year. The two Governments have found a considerable degree of consensus. They underlined their belief that it is sensible and right and in the interests of Britain, Spain and the people of Gibraltar to make this effort to resolve the dispute. They agreed to convene a formal Brussels Process meeting on 12 July in Madrid.