Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 4:44 pm on 1st March 2007.

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Photo of Jamie Stone Jamie Stone Liberal Democrat 4:44 pm, 1st March 2007

So, what do we do? The world could fall on our head. I believe that, if GS appears, the Executive will be prepared to take it on. The evidence is that the use of fishing equipment has not been implicated in the spread of GS—it is worth remembering that.

Notwithstanding the passion with which Dennis Canavan spoke, I cannot agree with what he said.

I see that I am in my last minute.

The miracle of the debate is the fact that Mr John Farquhar Munro has not spoken, although he has huge fisheries interests ranging far across Scotland.

The bill is a useful, workmanlike piece of legislation that underpins an industry that is crucial to all of us in the Highlands, including Jamie McGrigor. It will strengthen that industry and will, I believe, serve the best interests of the rod-and-line interests. As Mr McGrigor has said, that is crucial to the economy of the Highlands and of Scotland in general.