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Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 5:01 pm on 22nd January 2004.

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Photo of George Reid George Reid None 5:01 pm, 22nd January 2004

The result of the division is: For 74, Against 42, Abstentions 0.

Motion, as amended, agreed to


That the Parliament supports the more balanced outcome negotiated by ministers at the December Fisheries Council; welcomes the fact that this will benefit many sections of the Scottish fishing industry while ensuring conservation of key stocks on which the long-term viability of the industry depends; deplores the calls by the SNP leader for fishermen to break the law; recognises that there are elements of the detailed agreement which are the subject of further technical discussion with the European Commission; supports the efforts made by the Scottish Executive to address these, and further supports the willingness of Scottish Ministers to monitor the socio-economic impact on fishermen, ports and communities following the conclusions of the technical discussions and EU negotiations with Norway with a view to taking appropriate action if necessary.