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S5W-21684: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 19 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how much grant-in-aid has been paid in each year since 2008-09 to (a) Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd and (b) local authorities for pier and harbour projects.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 7 March 2019

The Scottish Government provides financial support to local authorities for piers and harbours as part of the annual local government finance settlement. Since the concordat with local government was established, there has been no separately identifiable ring-fenced funding allocation within the block grant and it is the responsibility of each individual local authority to allocate the resources available to them to individual services including support for piers and harbours.

In addition, the Scottish Government provides direct grants to owners of ports serving lifeline ferry services in support of major capital projects and, since 2014, through the Ferries Accessibility Fund.

The following table details the amount of grant paid to Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) and to local authorities for pier and harbour projects from 2008-09 until 2017-2018. We are currently in discussion with a number of local authorities regarding the funding of a number of proposed pier and harbour projects which support lifeline ferry services in Scotland.

 

Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd

Argyll and Bute Council

The Highland Council

Orkney Islands Council (Orkney Ferries Ltd)

Shetland Islands Council

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

2008
-09

4,200,000

3,106,625

246,630

562,499

  

2009
-10

1,817,154

     

2010
-11

17,782,373

182,084

    

2011
-12

9,481,818

22,500

    

2012
-13

879,679

336,336

    

2013
-14

3,974,179

     

2014
-15

2,075,929

  

*14,500

  

2015
-16

4,469,967

  

*9,215

  

2016
-17

15,966,085

  

*10,895

*11,000

*4,527

2017
-18

6,069,610

   

*39,000

 

*Grant provided via the Accessibility Fund.