Date lodged: 19 December 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of its decision to cancel the Gourock-Dunoon ferry tender process and proceed with a direct award to CalMac, what steps will be taken by Transport Scotland to benchmark future subsidy levels and achieve value for money.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 15 January 2019
All variations to the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service contract, including the planned transfer of the Gourock to Dunoon service, are scrutinised and rigorously assessed for value for money. Going forward, the Gourock to Dunoon route will be included as part of the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services contract under variations to the contract. The subsidy grant for the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services contract is monitored at regular stages throughout the year.