We need your support to keep TheyWorkForYou running and make sure people across the UK can continue to hold their elected representatives to account.Donate to our crowdfunder
Richard Lochhead: Thank you, Mr Presiding Officer- [Interruption.]
Richard Lochhead: No, the button is pressed. In opposing the appointment of Ross Finnie, I wish to refer to recent developments in the fishing industry that have implications for the rural affairs portfolio. After 18 long years of Tory sell-outs in Westminster, Scotland's fishing industry has been keenly looking forward to the establishment of the Scottish Parliament, so that it has a forum where its voice...
Richard Lochhead: That was a speech, not an intervention. If Mr Robson listens to the rest of my speech, he will find out exactly why the fishing industry is concerned about the agreement between the Liberal Democrats and the Labour party. That industry is up in arms. It was not consulted by any of the authorities. The Parliament in Scotland was not consulted. Indeed, no courtesy was shown to the industry-it...
Richard Lochhead: Will the member give way?
Richard Lochhead: If Mr Henry wants us to do things differently, perhaps the parties should fulfil their manifesto commitments for once.
Richard Lochhead: Who exactly is paying for the Scottish Executive's special advisers if it is not taxpayers?
Richard Lochhead: rose-
Richard Lochhead: I had at the ready a few remarks with which to demolish the minister elect's case, but my colleagues have done that before I have even opened my mouth. I welcome Mr Finnie's remarks about the importance of the fishing industry to Scotland. It is appropriate that the first one-hour political debate in this Parliament is devoted to the fishing industry, which is a perfect example of an...
Richard Lochhead: I am not suggesting that. I have a seven-page legal opinion from an internationally renowned expert, which I would be delighted to make available to all members and to the Scottish Executive. I shall place copies in the information centre. I shall quote from the last paragraph: "It is clear that the position set out by the Government in relation to the Scottish Adjacent Waters Order is not...
Richard Lochhead: Does Lewis Macdonald accept that much of the concern is not just about jurisdiction, but about the fact that Westminster felt it necessary to shift the boundary in the first place?
Richard Lochhead: The Liberal Democrat amendment does not give the people of Scotland and Scotland fishing communities, all of whom are watching today's events closely, what they want. They do not want the MSPs, the Scottish Parliament, to acknowledge that the fishing industry is concerned about what has happened in Westminster; they want to know our views. They want a declaration from the Scottish Parliament...
Richard Lochhead: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Presiding Officer. I do not think that everyone understood which question was put. Will you repeat it?
Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the First Minister will urgently meet with Scottish fishermen’s leaders to discuss the Scottish Adjacent Water Boundaries Order (S.I. 1999/1126) and its implications for Scotland.
Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to provide the Parliament with an estimate of the likely additional costs to Scotland’s fish processing industry of measures proposed to implement the European Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (91/271/EEC) as soon as possible after 1 July.
Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends after 1 July to request a meeting with Scotland’s water authorities to convey the concerns of Scotland’s fish processing industry over the implementation of measures including new charges in connection with the European Urban Waste Directive (91/271/EEC).
Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends after 1 July to request Scotland’s water authorities to refrain from signing any contracts in connection with relevant measures relating to the implementation of the European Urban Waste Water Directive (91/271/EEC) until a full review has been undertaken of the impact on Scotland’s fish processing industry and its findings considered.
Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the First Minister would welcome a meeting with a delegation representing Scotland’s fish processing industry with a view to assisting their campaign for a moratorium on the measures proposed for the implementation of the European Urban Waste Treatment Directive (91/271/EEC).
Richard Lochhead: Does the member accept that many of us who will be voting for the amendment are not wholly opposed to the Holyrood site, subject to amendments, and are in favour of a new building?
Richard Lochhead: Did Dr Jackson benefit from a free higher education? If she did, why does she wish to deny that same privilege to future generations?
Richard Lochhead: Will the minister use the opportunity of her visit to Aberdeen to drive through the city and to encounter at first hand the difficulties experienced by people living in the north-east of Scotland?