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Volume 950: debated on Wednesday 24 May 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, in view of the stalemate that exists between Her Majesty's Government and the Government of Spain concerning the Gibraltar issue, if he will consider representation from the inhabitants of Gibraltar for autonomous control in co-operation with Her Majesty's Government and the Spanish Government.

The best hope for progress over Gibraltar, following my right hon. Friend's meeting with the Spanish Foreign Minister in Paris on 15th March, lies in the joint working groups which it was agreed would be set up to examine various subjects of mutual interest.