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No. 6 Thursday 3 June 1999

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm .

1. Approval of SI: The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning moved S1M-28—That the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) Order 1999, which was laid before the Parliament on 26 May 1999 , be approved.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).

2. Approval of SI: The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning moved S1M-29—That the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Border Rivers) Order 1999, which was laid before the Parliament on 26 May 1999 , be approved.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (by division (DT): For 122, Against 3, Abstentions 0).

3. Closure of Debate: Lord James Douglas-Hamilton moved, under Rule 8.14.2, that debate on S1M-29 be closed.

The motion was agreed to.

4. Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order: The Minister for Rural Affairs moved S1M-19—That the Parliament notes that the Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order (SI 1999/1126) in no way alters or restricts the freedom of the Scottish fleet to fish consistently with the Common Fisheries Policy of the European Union; from 1 July, the Parliament will be charged with the responsibility of regulating fishing in the newly created Scottish zone of British Fishery Limits and fishing by all Scottish vessels no matter where they fish; consultation will be required with relevant bodies in the preparation of legislation relating to fishing in the Scottish zone.

Richard Lochhead moved amendment S1M-19.2 to motion S1M-19—

Leave out from “notes” to end and insert—

“calls upon Her Majesty's Government to amend the Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order (SI 1999/1126) made under the Scotland Act 1998 so that the east coast boundary is redrawn to a line of latitude due east of the termination point of land border between England and Scotland to re-establish the custom and practice of former years.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 55, Against 63, Abstentions 7).

Euan Robson moved amendment S1M-19.3 to motion S1M-19—

Insert at end—

“and the Scottish fishing organisations have considerable concerns about the said Order, and calls upon the relevant Minister to (a) meet representatives of the Scottish fishing industry to discuss their concern and in particular their desire to re-establish the custom and practice of former years in regard to the east coast boundary and (b) convey such concerns to the Secretary of State for Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to (DT).

The motion as amended was then agreed to (DT).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes that the Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order (SI 1999/1126) in no way alters or restricts the freedom of the Scottish fleet to fish consistently with the Common Fisheries Policy of the European Union; from 1 July, the Parliament will be charged with the responsibility of regulating fishing in the newly created Scottish zone of British Fishery Limits and fishing by all Scottish vessels no matter where they fish; consultation will be required with relevant bodies in the preparation of legislation relating to fishing in the Scottish zone and the Scottish fishing organisations have considerable concerns about the said Order, and calls upon the relevant Minister to (a) meet representatives of the Scottish fishing industry to discuss their concern and in particular their desire to re-establish the custom and practice of former years in regard to the east coast boundary and (b) convey such concerns to the Secretary of State for Scotland.

5. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2 and 4 as noted above.

The meeting closed at 5.06 pm.

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