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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-13097: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 4 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-11608 by Humza Yousaf on 7 November 2017, for what reason the review has proved to be complex; what the technical points that have to be addressed are; what the anomalies within the existing fares structure were, and by what date it will publish the result of the review.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 13 December 2017

The existing ferry freight fares structure is extremely complex, with differences in, for example, rates per mile, categories of freight, rules of carriage and discounts, across the various ferry networks.

Much work has been done to assess the existing freight fares structure , generate options for a future structure, and assess the impacts of any potential changes.

The Freight Fares Review Working Group agreed on a preferred freight fares structure, which is on a cost neutral basis, at a meeting in March 2017. Since then, officials have been conducting further analysis to assess the impact of any potential changes, with regular discussions with Ministers.

Further details will be made available once conclusions have been reached and decisions made.