Ferry (Ballycastle to Cambeltown)

Part of Question Time — Scottish Executive – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:30 pm on 27 March 2003.

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Photo of George Lyon George Lyon Liberal Democrat 2:30, 27 March 2003

I thank the minister for clarifying that matter. There is deep concern in Kintyre that despite the Scottish Executive offering £5 million in subsidy over the lifetime of the five-year contract for the route no ferry company has bid for it. I seek his assurance that every effort will continue to be made to talk to ferry companies, including Caledonian MacBrayne, to ascertain whether any interested parties are out there. I also seek an assurance that the contract on offer will be reconsidered if the current process fails, with a view to tendering again the future.