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S5W-21620: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its latest estimate is for the annual amount of subsidy that will be paid to Serco NorthLink in each year from 5 July 2012 to 31 October 2019 under the current Northern Isles Ferry Services contract.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 26 February 2019

I refer the member to the answer to question S5W-16302 on 26 February 2019 which details the amount of subsidy paid to Serco NorthLink Ferries from contract year one to contract year five (July 2012 – June 2017).

The Scottish Government paid Serco NorthLink Ferries £44,007,673 to operate the Northern Isles Ferry Service in contract year 6 (July 2017 to June 2018).

The total amount paid for contract year 7 (July 2018 to June 2019) has not yet been finalised.

It should be stated that the annual grant for each contract year includes the subsidy to support the services, fuel, port dues as well as all other maintenance and other necessary operational costs for all vessels including the vessel lease costs.

All answers to written parliamentary questions are available on the Parliament's website, the search facility for which can be found at http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx .