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Gibraltar

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of the new air terminal in Gibraltar on its economy. (139071)

While questions on the economy of Gibraltar are matters for the Government of Gibraltar, we hope that enhanced use of Gibraltar airport will benefit the social and economic development of both Gibraltar and the Campo de Gibraltar, and will lead to improved employment and commercial opportunities for both areas.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her Spainish counterparts on Gibraltar in the past 12 months. (139073)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary and myself have met Spanish counterparts on a number of occasions over the last 12 months. Most recently, my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary hosted a visit of the Spanish Foreign Minister to the UK in March. Ministers also routinely meet EU colleagues at General Affairs and External Relations Council meetings.

Discussions, including at official level, cover a range of issues, including Gibraltar. Discussions focussed on Gibraltar ahead of the Trilateral Ministerial in Cordoba in September 2006 at which agreement was met on a series of practical benefits for all people living in the region.