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Volume 976: debated on Friday 21 December 1979

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asked the Lord Privy Seal when it is proposed to commence positive dialogue with the Spanish Government on the Gibraltar question; and if he will make a statement.

When they met in New York in September my right hon. and noble Friend and the Spanish Foreign Minister agreed to continue discussion of ways of resolving the present differences over Gibraltar. Regular contact continues with the Spanish Government through diplomatic channels. My right hon. and noble Friend looks forward to a further meeting in due course with Sr Oreja.

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will make representations to the Spanish Government for the establishment of a walk-through gate at the border between Gibraltar and Spain during the period of Christmastide in the interests of the people of Gibraltar who have many relations across the border at La Linea.

The Spanish Government are well aware of the British view that normal communication should be restored between Spain and Gibraltar.