Date lodged: 14 February 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the interim report of the Ferry Services Procurement Policy Review, what steps it plans to engage with the (a) community and (b) stakeholders to inform the final decision on whether to tender the next contract for Northern Isles Ferry Services; whether this will include hosting public events as part of this engagement and, if so, (i) whether these will include the participation of (A) the RMT and (B) representatives from all political parties and (ii) what the timetable for these will be.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 6 March 2018
I have invited local community and business stakeholders to provide written comments. I also plan to visit Orkney and Shetland soon and will be looking to engage with both stakeholders and the unions, including the RMT.
All stakeholder views will be carefully considered before a decision is reached on the future approach to the procurement of the Northern Isles ferry services.