Caledonian MacBrayne

Scottish EXECUTIVE – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:30 pm on 17th June 1999.

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Photo of George Lyon George Lyon Liberal Democrat 2:30 pm, 17th June 1999

It is an honour to have the first question in this Parliament and it is on a subject that is important to the constituency-

Photo of Lord David Steel Lord David Steel Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament

I did say without deviation from the printed version.

Photo of George Lyon George Lyon Liberal Democrat

I thought that you would allow me an exception, as this is the first question.

To ask the Scottish Executive what its long-term investment strategy will be for Caledonian MacBrayne. (S1O-44)

Photo of Sarah Boyack Sarah Boyack Labour

Our strategy is to ensure that CalMac has a forward capital investment programme in vessels and shore infrastructure that is both affordable and sufficient to secure the future of lifeline ferry services off the west coast of Scotland.

Photo of George Lyon George Lyon Liberal Democrat

I would also like to ask where the Deloitte & Touche report that has existed in draft form since March 1998 is. The report examined CalMac service provision on the Clyde and took into consideration the future of Dunoon pier. When can we expect the report's recommendations to be made public? More important, when can the local communities have some consultation on that report and have full knowledge of what the future of the Clyde services is likely to be?

Photo of Sarah Boyack Sarah Boyack Labour

The Deloitte & Touche report was commissioned by the previous Conservative Administration. When the Labour Government came to power, it examined the recommendations in the report and requested that further work be carried out. I understand that that work has recently been received. The Scottish Executive intends shortly to make the reports available for consultation. I hope that all those with an interest will comment at that stage.