Motion without notice

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:37 pm on 26th April 2000.

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Photo of Alasdair Morrison Alasdair Morrison Labour 2:37 pm, 26th April 2000

I intend to use my three minutes, at the end of which I will make clear the Executive's position.

Mr Ewing wrote to Mr McLeish, seeking a meeting about the assisted areas map proposals, and I can confirm that Henry McLeish will, of course, meet him and other colleagues from the Highlands and Islands.

An oral parliamentary question on the assisted areas map has been lodged, which is to be answered tomorrow. Fergus Ewing could, of course, have raised the matter in his capacity as a member of the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee, rather than seeking an emergency debate today. I ask Parliament to reject Mr Ewing's motion.