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Gibraltar (Spanish Refugees)

Volume 344: debated on Wednesday 1 March 1939

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what representations he has received from the Governor of Gibraltar upon the problem of refugees from Spain, other than British subjects, in that Colony; and whether, as these refugees were responsible for the disturbances on 28th January, 1939, he will say what the policy of the Government is with regard to the repatriation of these refugees?

The Gibraltar Government's policy has been directed towards arranging for the repatriation of refugees in consultation with the Spanish Republican authorities, and a large number of refugees has been evacuated in the course of the past two years. In present circumstances, evacuation has practically ceased, but I am not in a position to make any statement regarding the position of the refugees still remaining in the Colony. I may add that my information does not bear out the suggestion in the second part of the question that the refugees were responsible for the disturbance in Gibraltar on 28th January.