Spanish Incursions

The Minister of State of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Baroness Anelay of St Johns, has said: “Incursions are a violation of sovereignty, not a threat to it” in answer to a question from Lord Patten on unlawful incursions into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters by Spanish vessels.
Conservative, Lord Patten asked what is the Government’s assessment of the efficacy of the defence of UK’s sovereignty over these waters using the current methods and how many incursions had incurred in the past five years.

The British Conservative Party parliamentarian said that violation of sovereignty does not change the fact of British sovereignty over BGTW and are not a threat to it. She said: “The Government challenges and protests all unlawful incursions and these actions effectively defend our sovereignty over British Gibraltar Territorial waters.”

In answer to Lord Patten’s statistics question she said: “There were 247 unlawful incursions between January and September this year. There were 103 in 2010, 24 in 2011, 229 in 2012 and 496 in 2013.”
Baroness Anelay said that she could not readily provide statistics for incursions before 2010 as this could only be obtained at a disproportionate cost.

Source: Gibraltar Chronicle