§ Mr. Gallacher
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has any information as to the condition of the ferry operating at North Kessock, Inverness, with regard to overcrowding, lack of cleanliness, dangerous condition of piers, and inadequate service; what complaints on this matter he has received from the local authorities concerned; and whether it is proposed to take any action?
§ Mr. Colville
No complaints have been made to me by local authorities; but I have received from the County Council of Ross and Cromarty a copy of a representation made to them on behalf of North Kessock residents in which complaints are made on the grounds referred to in the question. Under the Harbours, Piers and Ferries (Scotland) Act, 1937, the local authorities may apply for my authority to take over the ferry by agreement, or if necessary compulsorily. Until such application is made I have no power to intervene.