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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-17670: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 12 July 2018

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason there is a delay in introducing the Road Equivalent Tariff scheme on the publicly subsidised ferry route between Scrabster and Stromness in the Pentland Firth.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 1 August 2018

On routes to Orkney, it has been necessary to engage with commercial operators in respect of introducing the Road Equivalent Tariff scheme on the Pentland Firth routes. To date it has not as yet been possible to reach an agreement.

I am determined to work through the issue to see what more can be done. I will provide a further update to stakeholders and to Parliament as soon as I can, with a view to bringing the full benefits of the scheme to the people of Orkney and Shetland.