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Volume 934: debated on Wednesday 29 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether in view of the election of a new Spanish Government, he will consider approaching them on the question of Gibraltar to discuss the reopening of the frontier, in order to allow British Service and other personnel the opportunity of visiting Spain.

The lifting of Spanish restrictions and reopening of the frontier are matters of long-standing concern to the British Government. The effect of the closed frontier on British Service men is only one aspect of the situation. I hope that the new Spanish Government will themselves take a fresh look at a policy which isolates the people of Gibraltar from contact with their neighbours. The question is one which will be raised in the contacts which the British Government look forward to having in due course with the new Spanish Government.