HC Deb 15 March 1999 vol 327 cc448-9W
Dr. Fox

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the effect the Working Time Directive will have on the provision of emergency medical and fire services on the smaller islands of Argyll and Ayrshire. [72262]

Mr. Macdonald

[holding answer 22 February 1999]: The EU Working Time Directive does not apply at present in the maritime sector and therefore has no impact on the provision of emergency services to the islands.

From 1 July 1999, this will be a matter for the Scottish Parliament.