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Question reference: S6W-27961

  • Asked by: Stuart McMillan, MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: 29 May 2024
  • Current status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 30 May 2024


To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its plans for the award of the next Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services contract.


While good progress has been made on the due diligence related to a Teckal compliant direct award to CalMac and we have clarity on the remaining issues to be finalised, it is clear that we cannot conclude these by 30 September 2024, which is the end date of the current contract. We therefore propose to implement a contract extension of up to 12 months to enable this work and the assurance processes, to be concluded prior to a final decision. I will provide a further update to Parliament later this year.