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Volume 22: debated on Tuesday 20 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans exist for the reopening of the Gibraltar frontier and the implementation of other aspects of the Lisbon statement.

It has been agreed between the British and the Spanish Governments that the start of negotiations on Gibraltar and the re-establishment of direct communications, which were due to take place on 20 April, should be postponed until 25 June. Her Majesty's Government remain committed, as in the Lisbon statement, to starting negotiations aimed at overcoming all the differences between the two sides over Gibraltar, to reopening direct communications and to developing closer understanding between those directly concerned in the area. The Spanish Government have stated that they share this commitment.