John’s Questions to Scottish Government on Ferries

S4W-19844:  John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent, Date Lodged: 19/02/2014
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions ministers had in (a) 2012 and (b) 2013 with European Commission representatives on the need to explore the potential for raising the six-year maximum contract length for Scottish ferry services; what outcomes were agreed; and what steps it will take in 2014.

S4W-19845: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent, Date Lodged: 19/02/2014
To ask the Scottish Government what developments in European Union public procurement policy in 2013 will influence its policies on tendering public contracts for passenger (a) ferry and (b) rail services, and whether it will set out changes to its public procurement policies in these sectors.

S4W-19846: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent, Date Lodged: 19/02/2014
To ask the Scottish Government what developments in European Union public procurement policy in 2013 will influence its policies on the design of tendering documents for public contracts for passenger (a) ferry and (b) rail services, and whether it will set out changes to the design of tender documents for these services that have been made since December 2012.

S4W-19847: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent, Date Lodged: 19/02/2014
To ask the Scottish Government how many winter sailings on (a) Clyde and Hebrides and (b) Northern Isles ferry routes were cancelled between 1 October 2013 and 16 February 2014.

S4W-19848: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent, Date Lodged: 19/02/2014
To ask the Scottish Government how many additional sailings there have been on (a) Clyde and Hebrides and (b) Northern Isles ferry routes between 1 October 2013 and 16 February 2014.

S4W-19849: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent, Date Lodged: 19/02/2014
 To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the scale of disruption to Scottish ferry services during winter 2013-14 that was due to adverse weather conditions.

S4W-19850: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent, Date Lodged: 19/02/2014
Original Text: To ask the Scottish Government when it expects to issue the draft invitation to tender document for the 2018-24 contract for Northern Isles ferry services.
Edited Text: To ask the Scottish Government when it will issue the draft invitation to tender document for the 2018-24 Northern Isles ferry services contract.

S4W-19851: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent, Date Lodged: 19/02/2014
To ask the Scottish Government how regularly vessels operating on the (a) Northern Isles and (b) Clyde and Hebrides ferry routes undergo a full engine overhaul when dry docked, and when each vessel currently licensed to work on these routes last underwent a full engine overhaul.

S4W-19852: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent, Date Lodged: 19/02/2014
To ask the Scottish Government how many (a) foot and (b) freight passengers were carried on each (i) Clyde and Hebrides and (ii) Northern Isles ferry route in each year between 2009 and 2013.

S4W-19853: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent, Date Lodged: 19/02/2014
To ask the Scottish Government when it will next review the impact of the Road Equivalent Tariff (RET) formula for setting passenger fares for ferry services; when it last reviewed the impact of RETs on passenger fares, and what the main outcomes were.