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.
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.