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Spain: Gibraltar

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the conformity of the policy of Spain on military freight crossing the Spain-Gibraltar border with Spain's NATO obligations; and what representations he has made to the Spanish government on the matter. (205416)

The Government have raised the issues of restrictions with the Spanish Government directly and will continue to do so. We believe the imposition of such restrictions is inappropriate. Spain is an important NATO ally and we are therefore determined to work closely with Spain to find a constructive solution.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Spain on restrictions on military freight crossing the Spain-Gibraltar border; and what steps he plans to take on the matter. (205500)

[holding answer 13 May 2008]: The Government have raised the issues of restrictions with the Spanish Government directly and will continue to do so. We believe the imposition of such restrictions is inappropriate. Spain is an important North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally and we are therefore determined to work closely with Spain to find a constructive solution.