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Dunoon-Gourock Ferry

Volume 12: debated on Wednesday 11 November 1981

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20.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a further statement about his decision to withdraw the subsidy from Caledonian MacBrayne on the Dunoon-Gourock car ferry route.

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given earlier to the hon. Gentleman the Member for Glasgow, Garscadden (Mr. Dewar).

23.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will reconsider the unanimous advice of the Scottish Transport Users Consultative Committee to retain the passenger-vehicle ferry service operated by Caledonian MacBrayne between Gourock and Dunoon.

I have accepted the STUCC's main criticism of the arrangements that were originally proposed for foot passengers. I am now considering with the Scottish Transport Group the best way forward on this matter. In the meantime, and until a satisfactory solution is arrived at, the existing Caledonian MacBrayne service will of course continue.