§ Mr. Malcolm MacMillan
asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware of the objections of the local authorities of the Outer Hebrides to any further delay in the Outer Isles steamer service being caused by including in their service additional calls to the Isle of Soay; and what action he is taking to remedy the grievance while still serving the Soay people?
§ Mr. Burgin
I have received representations on this subject. The Schedule to 655W the new contract provides for a run in winter from Mallaig to Soay and back by the Outer Islands boat after her arrival at Mallaig on Saturday morning. The service to the Outer Islands is therefore not affected. In the event of a proposal being made to substitute for this a call at Soay by the boat on her way to and from the Outer Islands, all the circumstances will be fully considered.