§ Mr. Wallace
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he proposes to issue a consultation paper on the future subsidy arrangements for the carriage of bulk freight to the Northern and Western Isles; and if he will make a statement. 243W
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
[holding answer 10 February 1997]: A consultation paper on bulk freight shipping services in the highlands and islands area was issued on Friday 7 February 1997. Responses have been invited by Friday 19 April.