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Ferries: Scotland

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it will be necessary to enter into a further tendering of the ferry services to the Scottish island communities currently provided by Caledonian MacBrayne should the Treaty of Lisbon be ratified and the Protocol on Services of General Interest come into effect. (194776)

I have been asked to reply.

Article 2 of the protocol on services of general interest makes clear that the provisions of the treaty of Lisbon do not affect in any way the competence of member states to provide, commission and organise non-economic services of general interest. The Scottish Executive is responsible for determining, in light of this, whether a further tendering of Caledonian MacBrayne ferry services is necessary.