Top level UK/Spain meeting next week

The minister for Europe, Geoff Hoon, who has direct responsibilities for Gibraltar in the Foreign Office, will be holding a meeting in Madrid next Monday with Bernardino Leon, who is the deputy Spanish foreign minister.

The next day, Mr Hoon plans to visit Gibraltar.

Spanish sources see the move as a prelude to bringing to a successful conclusion the current tripartite talks next month. Madrid is being consulted on Gib's constitution.