Tuesday, March 01, 2005

MacShane reiterates Gay consent age concerns

Under Gibraltar’s constitutional reform proposals, an assessment of the powers required by the UK Government will take full account of the fact that the UK is responsible for Gibraltar’s compliance with EU law, including ultimately before the European Court of Justice, Dr Dennis MacShane, Europe Minister has said.

He was asked by Ian Duncan in the Commons what steps he is taking to ensure that the legal system in Gibraltar prevents discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.

We wish to ensure that Gibraltar’s constitution is in line with its international obligations, including the European Convention of Human Rights. We have previously told the Gibraltar Government that we believe the age of consent should be equalised for homosexual and heterosexual couples to avoid a potential breach of Articles 8 and 14 of the European Convention of Human Rights,” he said.

Meanwhile Dr MacShane, also commented on the border queue situation observing that the average delay during the day is between 15 to 30 minutes.

However traffic delays occur at peak times of the day and particularly in the summer months, sometimes for up to two hours. This is unacceptable.

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