Ian Hudghton MEP accompanied by SNP
local representative David Thompson visited Avoch, in the Black Isle to
hear the concerns of Avoch Fishermenís Association in the light of the
disastrous reduction in quotas and days at sea arising from the European
Council meeting in December. Commenting, Mr. Hudghton said:
"I will never understand how it came to
be that our Minister actually voted "for" a deal in Europe which
discriminates against Scotlandís interests. Clearly this Labour/Liberal
government considers fisheries to be expendable, just as the Tory
government did when they negotiated the U.K.ís entry to the Common Market
30 years ago."
in their tour the SNP team visited local farmers and representatives of
the auction mart at Dingwall, pictured left, who highlighted the
impractical nature of EU proposals for double-tagging of sheep. While
accepting that there is a need for traceability, the local farming
industry makes the point that in Scotland SAMU (Sheep Animal Movements
Unit) provides a practical solution already which ought to satisfy the
European Commissionís requirements.
Ian Hudghton has already written to
Ministers and will continue to campaign for a strong line to be taken on
Scotlandís behalf. The recent fisheries disaster where the U.K. Minister
voted against Scotlandís interests must not be repeated in the forthcoming
decisions on sheep-tagging and review of the Common Agriculture Policy.