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Scottish Islands Sea Transport (Government Assistance)

Volume 981: debated on Tuesday 18 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects to announce the results of his examination of the structure of Government assistance to sea transport to the Scottish islands.

I have published a consultative paper making known the conclusions of my review. Copies of the consultative paper, which I have had placed in the Libraries of both Houses, have been sent to all Scottish Members and interested authorities and organisations, and further copies are obtainable from the Scottish Office. I sincerely hope that the paper will be widely read and given the serious consideration which a matter of such importance to the Highlands and Islands deserves.