Results 7481–7495 of 7495 for speaker:Ross Finnie

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries ( 3 Jun 1999)

Ross Finnie: I am pleased to have the opportunity to move the motion. Before I refer to the important issues that it raises, I should like to make a few general remarks on fisheries in this, my first speech in my present capacity. I want to make it clear to the Parliament that I am aware of the importance of the fishing industry to the Scottish economy. Last year, landings in Scotland were valued at over...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries ( 3 Jun 1999)

Ross Finnie: I understand that the industry has made no claim of unfairness in relation to its ability to fish. The important point is that we are establishing an administrative boundary that must be part of a devolution settlement. We are not talking about questions of independence. The result is that the Scottish Executive has exclusive jurisdiction over all the sea that is closest to Scotland....

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries ( 3 Jun 1999)

Ross Finnie: That is, as always, an interesting question. Mr Canavan has a fine record this afternoon of asking interesting questions. The issue that he raises is not a fisheries matter, nor a North sea oil matter, but a matter of accidents and would be covered by the existing legislation on accidents.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries ( 3 Jun 1999)

Ross Finnie: It is not a matter-

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries ( 3 Jun 1999)

Ross Finnie: It is not a matter for them, because, as Mrs Ewing knows, the jurisdiction-in schedule 5 and section 126 of the Scotland Act 1998-deals explicitly with fisheries. Accidents are covered by existing legislation.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries ( 3 Jun 1999)

Ross Finnie: I do not think that my remarks are open to that construction, and I do not see how Mrs Ewing has come to that conclusion.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries ( 3 Jun 1999)

Ross Finnie: That will be unchanged in terms of the law of accidents. It would depend on where-

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries ( 3 Jun 1999)

Ross Finnie: It is exactly the same, wherever it happens. The situation is unchanged.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries ( 3 Jun 1999)

Ross Finnie: No, I have dealt with that point. The situation is clear. In relation to fisheries and the exclusion jurisdiction of this Parliament, the lines are defined as in the order. That is the power that is being passed to this Parliament.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries ( 3 Jun 1999)

Ross Finnie: No. All the order does is to change the line of jurisdiction. It does not change that law. I understand that there are concerns, such as that raised by Mr McGrigor and others in relation to oil and gas exploration. However, as I have clearly stated, the fact is that the order relates only to fisheries. North sea oil and gas remain reserved matters, so they are not covered by this legislation.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries ( 3 Jun 1999)

Ross Finnie: There are two reasons for that. There was no existing jurisdiction line.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries ( 3 Jun 1999)

Ross Finnie: No, there was no existing jurisdiction line, only habit and repute. The order is part of the devolved settlement. It was necessary to arrive at a line that established who had exclusive jurisdiction over Scottish fisheries and who was going to control what will now, in effect, become English fisheries. The line as I have described it means that all the water closest to Scotland will be under...

Scottish Parliament: Junior Ministers (19 May 1999)

Ross Finnie: It is fair to say that this debate has generated more heat than light. It has also revealed a strange tendency among SNP and Conservative members to believe everything they read in the press. They do not allow for the fact that most articles are written without letting truth interfere with a good story. There have also been few examples of willingness to listen or understand. Mr Gallie got ...

Scottish Parliament: Junior Ministers (19 May 1999)

Ross Finnie: I regret to say that Andrew Wilson is wrong. Those three members did not all vote against the document because of tuition fees. There were other matters on which they expressed- [Interruption.] The point, as Mr Raffan made clear, is that they now accept the opinion of the majority of members and they retain-

Scottish Parliament: Junior Ministers (19 May 1999)

Ross Finnie: No, I have very little time left and I want to make two points. I would not have recommended the agreement to my colleagues if it had involved a matter of principle. I want to make that absolutely clear. Anyone who reads the document will understand that there is substantial give and take on both sides. Labour did not get a majority and neither did the Liberal Democrats; that is why the...


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