Caledonian MacBrayne

Question Time — Scottish Executive – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:32 pm on 18th November 1999.

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Photo of George Lyon George Lyon Liberal Democrat 2:32 pm, 18th November 1999

To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met the chairman of Caledonian MacBrayne and what matters were discussed. (S1O-647)

Photo of Sarah Boyack Sarah Boyack Labour

The First Minister, the Deputy Minister for Highlands and Islands and Gaelic and I met the chairman and the managing director of Caledonian MacBrayne on 21 September. During that meeting, a range of matters were discussed.

Photo of George Lyon George Lyon Liberal Democrat

In view of the likely withdrawal of Sea Containers from the Campbeltown to Ballycastle ferry route, will the minister ask Caledonian MacBrayne to come forward with proposals to take over that route?

Photo of Sarah Boyack Sarah Boyack Labour

That is a commercial venture, and I know that people in George Lyon's constituency have a great interest in it. I am aware that Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the local council have provided money for a campaign to promote tourism in the area. The commercial decision is for CalMac to take. The service is not a lifeline ferry service, but I am aware of the interest in the route. I will be meeting Sea Containers on 2 December to discuss a range of issues.