HC Deb 09 June 1976 vol 912 cc692-3W
26. Mr. Grimond

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what subsidies are presently paid by Her Majesty's Government to transport services in Orkney and Shetland.

Mr. Millan

In 1976–77 revenue and capital grants for the Orkney inter-island shipping services are expected to be £320,000. The Government are meeting three-quarters of the cost of new roll-on/roll-off vehicle ferry terminals at Aberdeen and Lerwick with a grant of £4 million, with in addition a loan of £900,000 to Lerwick Harbour Trust. Almost three-quarters of the cost of terminals and vessels for the Shetland interisland vehicle ferry service is being met by a further Government grant of £1.1 million. In addition, expenditure on transport by the Islands Councils is relevant for rate support grant purposes.