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S5W-18885: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 19 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a breakdown of what changes there have been in Northern Isles Ferry Service freight demand between July and October in each year since 2006 arising from commercial activity in the (a) fishing, (b) shellfish and (c) livestock sector.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 5 October 2018

The Scottish Government does not hold all the information in the format requested in relation to fishing, shellfish and livestock.

Serco NorthLink Ferries on the Scottish Government’s behalf record detailed breakdown of freight carried on their services. They provide summary information to Transport Scotland officials regularly which includes total lane meterage of freight carried on their routes, bulk bags carried as well as cattle and sheep numbers shipped.

The details of the freight carried on the services disaggregated by commodity is commercially confidential.

Freight lane meterage information from 5 July 2012 to 31 December 2017 is publically available on Serco NorthLink Ferries’ website via the link below;

http://www.northlinkferries.co.uk/information/publications/statistics/