HC Deb 16 June 1997 vol 296 cc53-4W
Mrs. Ray Michie

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much subsidy was paid to Caledonian MacBrayne ferry services to(a) Dunoon, (b) Rothesay and (c) Rhubodach in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement on the disparity of fares between Caledonian MacBrayne ferry services to Dunoon and the Island of Bute. [2854]

Mr. Chisholm

The Government pay subsidy to Caledonian MacBrayne on its total operating loss rather than on individual routes. Although an aggregate revenue target is set as part of that process, the setting of fares on individual routes is a matter for the commercial judgment of the company. I will ask the chairman of Caledonian MacBrayne to write to the hon. Member about fares on the Gourock-Dunoon and Wemyss Bay-Rothesay routes.

Mr. Wallace

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has offered Caledonian MacBrayne an opportunity to tender for the passenger service franchise on the ferry services to Orkney and Shetland; and if he will make a statement. [2842]

Mr. Dewar

[holding answer 11 June 1997]: Ministers are currently considering the report of Scottish Office officials on the evaluation of tenders submitted in the competitive tendering process for the Northern Isles passenger ferry services contract, and will decide in the light of the tenders received whether to conclude now a contractual agreement with one of the ferry operators who have submitted tenders or whether to re-open the tendering process.

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