Parliament committees refers anti-CFP petition to UK government and European committee – Fishupdate.com

Parliament committees refers anti-CFP petition to UK government and European committee Published:  09 December, 2005

SHADOW Fisheries Minister Richard Lochhead has welcomed the decision by the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee to refer the Cod Crusaders petition calling on Scotland to withdraw from the Common Fisheries Policy to the partliament’s European Committee and the UK Government.

However Carol MacDonald, one of the Cod Crusaders, has revealed that she is stepping down from the campaign and in a radio interview today, she voiced disappointment at the level of support from the Scottish Parliament.

Mr Lochhead on Wednesday attended the Petitions Committee in Holyrood to speak in favour of the petition and urged the committee to ensure that it was taken seriously. He also paid tribute to the Cod Crusaders for their sterling work in highlighting the importance of fishing to many of Scotland’s communities.

The petition ran during 2004, eventually amassing over a quarter of a million contributors before being handed to the Scottish Parliaments Public Petitions Committee. The petitions aims were rejected by the Fisheries Minister, Ross Finnie, in his reply to the committee.

Commenting Mr Lochhead said:

“Our fishing communities have asked parliament to consider the detrimental impact of the CFP on their livelihoods and are calling for control over fishing to be returned to Scotland’s Parliament. I am delighted that the committee have recognised that the views of hundreds of thousands of Scots across the nation out way the opinion of Government Ministers such as Fisheries Minister Ross Finnie whose track record speaks volumes about his uncaring attitude towards our fishing communities.

“The SNP will continue to support the petition and ensure that the views of Scotland’s fishing communities are not easily dismissed. I pay tribute to the Cod Crusaders and others who have campaigned tirelessly on behalf of our fishing communities and who presented this record breaking petition to Parliament.

“Ross Finnie and the Labour-Lib Dem coalition have ignored the views of our fishing communities far too often and this issue will not go away however much they wish it would. It is time to make up for the pain caused under the CFP and regain control of our fishing grounds.”

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