Correspondence between the Clerk of the
Committee and the Head of the Parliamentary Relations and Devolution
Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Letter from the Clerk to the Head of PRDD,
Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The Committee is expected shortly to agree its
Report on Gibraltar.
The Committee wishes to have a note on the policy
of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the future status of
the United Kingdom's military bases on Gibraltar.
In order that the note may play a part in the
Committee's deliberations on the Chairman's draft Report, I need
to receive it not later than 12 Noon on Monday 4 November.
Clerk of the Committee
30 October 2002
Letter from the Head of PRDD, Foreign
and Commonwealth Office, to the Clerk of the Committee.
Thank you for your letter of 30 October.
As the Committee is aware, the Ministry of Defence
maintains a wide range of facilities in Gibraltar. These include
the naval base; support, logistic and communications facilities;
and other assets.
The Foreign Secretary's statement on the Government's
policy towards Gibraltar in the House on 12 July made clear that
the current arrangements for the British military facilities should
continue. FCO Ministers have been clear to Parliament that the
UK would retain full control over these facilities under any package
agreed with Spain.
I hope this is helpful.
Head of Parliamentary Relations & Devolution
Foreign and Commonwealth office
4 November 2002