§ 32. Mr. John Rankin
asked the Minister of Transport if he will make a statement on the outcome of the inquiry into the future uses of Whiting Bay pier.
§ Mr. Marples
A public inquiry into the proposed abandonment of Whiting Bay pier was held under Mr. Douglas Reith, Q.C., at Whiting Bay on 22nd–23rd November, 1962. Mr. Reith reported that in his view the evidence offered did not show that the pier was essential for the purposes of public transport and he recommended that the necessary Order of Abandonment should be made. This Order was made on 16th July, 1963, and releases the Arran Pier Company from all statutory and other obligations in respect of the pier. The bulk of the pier will be removed, but a small portion is to be retained as a landing jetty.