HC Deb 18 July 1994 vol 247 cc58-9W
Mr. Macdonald

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the performance criteria on which the subsidy payable to Loganair/British Airways Express for the Glasgow-Barra service is dependent; what weight is given to the number of advertised scheduled flights actually completed between Glasgow and Barra; and what steps he is taking to monitor performance in this service.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

[holding answer 15 July 1994]: Subsidy is payable in arrears for the lifeline air service operated between Glasgow and Tiree and Barra based on the deficit incurred in providing the service designated by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State. In addition, the service must be operated in accordance with the requirements of the Civil Aviation Authority regulatory regime.

Under the terms of the contract, the operator is required to submit to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State details of each occasion on which the company fails to operate the air service with an explanation for each failure. The performance of the service is continuously monitored and reviewed with the company concerned.

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