More London lies on fisheries
"CONTEMPT FOR SCOTLAND'S FISHING
SNP Euro-MP Ian Hudghton MEP has demanded that UK
Fisheries Minister Elliot Morley tells the truth about the availability of
additional European funds to compensate Scottish fishing communities
affected by the current crisis in the white fish sector. The call
was made after Mr Morley repeated, in a letter to Mr Hudghton, his
assertion that no new money is available. Mr Morley's claim comes
despite the fact that the European Parliament - one of the EU's two
budgetary authorities - recently called for 150 million Euros to be
allocated for the crisis. Mr Hudghton said:
"Mr Morley showed his contempt for Scotland's fishing communities by
signing up to last December's disastrous deal. He continues to show
contempt by refusing to tell the truth about what money can be made
"The facts are simple. The European Parliament last month supported
an SNP amendment which called for 150 million Euros additional funding to
be made available for fishing communities affected by the current crisis.
If the European Council backs this call, the money will be allocated from
the EU's contingency fund. However, the UK Treasury will deny
Scotland any benefit from the fund.
"What Mr Morley should therefore be doing is making a call for the money
at the next Council meeting. Instead, he is sticking to the same old
lines - the same old lies. It's not good enough for London's fisheries
minister to show such a disregard for the truth. Mr Morley should
take note that an SNP fisheries minister will not allow him to continue
peddling his untrue assertions."
· In his letter to Mr Hudghton, Mr Morley states that, due to UK
accounting rules, "any new EU monies are not additional to our existing
· The European Parliament called for 150 million Euros additional EU
funding to be made available for fishing communities on 12th March.
The cash can be accessed from the EU's Flexibility Instrument if the call
is now backed in the Council.
· The Spanish and Portuguese governments recently benefited from
197million Euros from this source after their fishing fleets were hit with
Press Release Index Page