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State Aid Regulations And Shetland Fishermen

EDM number 728 in 2007-08, proposed by Alistair Carmichael on 17/01/2008.
Categorised under the topics of Fisheries and Oil, petrol and natural gas.

That this House notes with concern the ruling by the European Commission, under state aid regulations, that Shetland Islands Council must recover monies invested in the local fishing industry using funds paid to Shetland Islands Council by the oil industry as compensation for the disruption caused by the construction of Europe's largest oil terminal at Sullom Voe; further notes that, if the monies have to be repaid, this will impact directly on 78 individual Shetland fishermen who received grants to allow them to invest in boats; welcomes the decision by Shetland Islands Council to apeal this decision to the European Court of Justice; and calls upon both the Scottish Executive and United Kingdon Government to support and assist Shetland Islands Council both with the appeal and with discussions with the European Commission, in order to bring this matter to a successful outcome for Shetland, allowing the Islands Council to continue to build, maintain and sustain the local fishing industry.

This motion has been signed by a total of 20 MPs.

Alistair Carmichael17/01/2008Orkney and ShetlandLiberal DemocratProposed
Peter Bottomley21/01/2008Worthing WestConservativeSeconded
Lynne Jones21/01/2008Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSeconded
Mark Hunter21/01/2008CheadleLiberal DemocratSeconded
Menzies Campbell22/01/2008North East FifeLiberal DemocratSeconded
Gregory Campbell22/01/2008East LondonderryDUPSeconded
Bob Spink22/01/2008Castle PointConservativeSigned
Nicholas Winterton23/01/2008MacclesfieldConservativeSigned
Ronnie Campbell23/01/2008Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Lindsay Hoyle23/01/2008ChorleyLabourSigned
Alan Simpson23/01/2008Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Colin Breed24/01/2008South East CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
John Hemming24/01/2008Birmingham, YardleyLiberal DemocratSigned
Vincent Cable25/01/2008TwickenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Ann Cryer28/01/2008KeighleyLabourSigned
Brian Jenkins29/01/2008TamworthLabourSigned
Rudi Vis30/01/2008Finchley and Golders GreenLabourSigned
Phil Willis30/01/2008Harrogate and KnaresboroughLiberal DemocratSigned
Willie Rennie05/02/2008Dunfermline and West FifeLiberal DemocratSigned
David Hamilton07/02/2008MidlothianLabourSigned

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