§ Mr. Corrie
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he will reach a view on the investment proposals submitted to him by the Scottish Transport Group for a new ferry for its subsidiary Caledonian MacBrayne Ltd.; and if he will make a statement.274W
§ Mr. Ancram
My right hon. and learned Friend has today approved a recommendation from the Scottish Transport Group that it should be allowed to commission a new 60-car ferry for operation on its Oban-Barra/ Lochboisdale and Oban-Coll/Tiree services. Caledonian MacBrayne will now be able to invite competitive tenders for the new vessel.