Fish Processing Industry

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 1:03 pm on 2nd July 1999.

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Photo of Sarah Boyack Sarah Boyack Labour 1:03 pm, 2nd July 1999

No, I will not take an interruption.

If we were taken to infraction by the European Commission, the money would be taken from the Scottish block. There are already two examples where countries are being taken to the European Court of Justice on the issue of dealing with waste water treatment-Italy and Belgium are both being taken to court-so there is an imperative to implement the directive on time.

I am sure that members who have talked to the food processing industry will know of the lengthy history of this issue. Some firms have begun to address it and NOSWA has attempted to encourage the fish industry to prepare in advance. There has been an extensive information programme, advice packs, consultation documents and there have been hundreds of meetings. NOSWA is sympathetic to the position of the fish processors and has for some time been advising industrial dischargers to attempt to reduce their future charge increases by investing in cleaner technology or minimising the use of water. I understand that some firms have been able to do that. NOSWA has also agreed to phase in the increased charges over a number of years.