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Shipping Services

Volume 892: debated on Friday 23 May 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland in view of the widespread public concern with the service of Cale- donan MacBrayne, as shown in the correspondence sent to him by the hon. Member for Bute and North Ayrshire, if he will initiate discussions with the authorities to seek an improvement of the service.

I regret the inconvenience caused to the people of Cumbrae by the difficulties experienced in operating the vehicle ferry service to the island in recent months. As my hon. Friend the Minister of State has pointed out to the hon. Member in discussion with him about these difficulties, these are operating and management matters which are the primary responsibility of the Scottish Transport Group. I have, therefore, been glad to learn that the hon. Member is to meet the general manager of the Group's shipping services on 30th May to discuss them.