Tariff Rebate Subsidy (Northern Isles)

Part of Prayers – in the House of Commons at 10:45 am on 12th March 1997.

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Photo of Jim Wallace Jim Wallace , Orkney and Shetland 10:45 am, 12th March 1997

I agree with that, but surely the Minister recognises that the franchise specification leaves a number of matters open. The bidders must come back with proposals of a qualitative nature. Is the Minister saying that, once the bids are in, there will be further consultation with the islands councils on aspects of the final bids submitted, which will be of a qualitative nature?