Thank you, Mr Speaker, Chief Justice, Chief Minister and Leader of the Loyal Opposition for your warm and generous welcome here in the Chamber of the Gibraltar Parliament, the heart of Gibraltarian Democracy.
FURTHER TO RECENT NEWS THAT IRAN IS LOOKING INTO BUILDING A NEW REFINERY IN SPAIN - SEEN AS HIGHLY POSITIVE BY THE SPANISH GOVERNMENT "The ESG wishes to make clear that it intends to place its weight behind every effort to stop plans to build a new Iranian/Spanish Oil Refinery in the Bay, notably Algeciras.
Police have released CCTV images of a male person they are keen to speak to in connection with an investigation into an offence of “Intentional Harassment causing Alarm or Distress” that occurred between 0730hrs – 0800hrs on the 15th December 2015.
As part of the Department of the Environment and Climate Change’s Barbary Macaque Awareness Campaign, the Department will be holding an awareness day this Saturday between 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Piazza on Main Street.
Gibraltar Cultural Services, on behalf of the Ministry of Culture, is inviting young ladies to sign up to the 2016 Miss Gibraltar Pageant. The Pageant will be held on the 4th June 2016. The event will be produced by Stage One for the Ministry of Culture and held at the John Mackintosh Hall Theatre.
HM Government of Gibraltar is greatly saddened to learn of the death of Sir Albert McQuarrie. Sir Albert passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, aged 98. He is survived by his wife, Rhoda, and his son, Dermot.
Today the Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, and Commander British Forces, Commodore Ian McGhie, signed Lands Agreement 2015. The parameters of this new Agreement are based on an original meeting between the Chief Minister and the Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, the UK Secretary of State for Defence, in late 2014.
Gibraltar Cultural Services on behalf of the Ministry of Culture would like to remind the general public that the closing date for entries into this year’s Drama Festival is Monday 18th January. The Gibraltar International Drama Festival will take place at the Ince’s Hall Theatre between Monday 14th and Saturday 19th March 2016.
The Secular Humanist Society of Gibraltar has said it supports same sex marriage. The group has distributed to the media the following document which it submitted to the Government regarding the Command Paper on Same Sex Marriage:
In furtherance to our press release dated the 10th January regarding the local circulation of counterfeit Bank of England £50.00 notes and the arrests of 4 persons in connection with these crime reports, an ongoing RGP Economic Crime Unit investigation has resulted in an additional 7 persons being arrested throughout the course of yesterday (11th January 2016) and today (12th January 2016) for the offences of “Possession of a counterfeit note “and Passing a Counterfeit note,” as follows:
The Govt says it ‘notes the latest statement made by the Opposition in respect of the Bill to amend the Public Finance Borrowing Powers Act. This Bill can be debated in Parliament in February. The Government does not consider it an urgent Bill that needs to be certified as one to be passed after less than six weeks of its publication.’