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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-14723: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 19 February 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of Argyll and Bute Council’s review of fees and charges for use of its harbours, what the associated cost will be for (a) CalMac Ferries Limited and (b) Argyll Ferries Limited, and whether any additional cost will be paid for by Transport Scotland or through increased fares.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 28 February 2018

Harbour dues are set by the statutory harbour authority and are collected for maintaining and improving infrastructure at piers and harbours within their jurisdiction. The review conducted by Argyll & Bute Council into the fees and charges for use of its harbours is a matter for the Council. Any increase in dues will be notified, in due course, to users of the harbour by the harbour authority.

The Public Service Ferry Contracts operated by CalMac Ferries Limited and Argyll Ferries Limited on behalf of Scottish Ministers, includes provision for an increase in subsidy to the operator as a consequence of increased harbour dues.

Fares on the subsidised ferry services are set by Scottish Ministers. Any change in harbour dues does not affect the level of fares.