§ Mr. John MacLeod
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what progress is being made with the proposed ferry service between Toscaig Applecross and Kyle of Lochalsh.
§ Mr. J. Stuart
I am glad to say that Messrs. David MacBrayne Ltd. has acquired a converted motor fishing vessel to provide a service between Toscaig and Kyle of Lochalsh. The vessel is at present fitting out at Greenock and may be ready in about four weeks' time. It has already been indicated to the county council that Government assistance will be available for the construction of a pier at Toscaig and that assistance will be available for the construction of a temporary structure so that services may start as soon as possible after the vessel is ready. If the county council accepts this offer a ferry service should begin before the autumn.