Date lodged: 19 December 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with ferry operators regarding the delivery of reduced fares on Northern Isles' services.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 9 January 2019
Extensive discussions regarding the planned delivery of reduced fares by June 2018 took place with all the relevant ferry operators prior to an official State aid complaint being made to the European Commission.
Since the complaint was made, the Scottish Government has been engaging with the Commission to establish the way forward.
Because of the complaint, no recent discussions have taken place with ferry operators regarding the delivery of reduced fares. We need to await the views of the European Commission on the complaint before resuming those discussions with operators.