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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-04319

Ferry Problems

Submitted by: Graham Simpson, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
Date lodged: Monday, May 9, 2022

Supported by: Sharon Dowey, Meghan Gallacher, Jamie Halcro Johnston
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Motions as amended

That the Parliament believes that ferry services provide an essential lifeline to island and remote rural communities and their economies; acknowledges that the delays and cost overruns to vessels 801 and 802 are regrettable; notes the findings of the Audit Scotland report, that all of its recommendations have been accepted, and that improvements, including changes to procurement practices, have already been made; recognises the progress that is being made at Ferguson Marine under the recently appointed chief executive, including the milestone reached at the end of April 2022 with the fitting of Hull 802’s bow unit, with both dual fuel vessels being scheduled for delivery in 2023; further recognises the role that Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd is playing in that progress, not least through the involvement of an experienced secondee in Ferguson Marine’s senior management team, and welcomes that the Scottish Government saved Ferguson Marine, the last commercial shipyard on the Clyde, from closure, rescuing more than 300 jobs, with over 400 people currently employed at the yard, and ensuring that two new ferry vessels will be delivered to maintain and enhance connectivity to Scotland’s islands.


Vote

Result 64 for, 56 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote Vote Passed

Scottish National Party  57 for, 1 against, 0 abstained, 6 no vote Read more Read less

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party  0 for, 29 against, 0 abstained, 2 no vote Read more Read less

Scottish Green Party  7 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 0 no vote Read more Read less

Scottish Labour  0 for, 22 against, 0 abstained, 0 no vote Read more Read less

Scottish Liberal Democrats  0 for, 4 against, 0 abstained, 0 no vote Read more Read less

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No Party Affiliation  0 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 1 no vote Read more Read less

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Original motion text

That the Parliament believes that the way the Scottish Government has been running ferry services has been a scandal; calls on the Scottish Government to say why it awarded the contract for ferries 801 and 802 to Ferguson Marine Engineering Limited against the advice of its own experts; is concerned about why 15 stage payments were agreed for each ferry; notes concerns that the deal may have broken EU state aid rules; further notes concerns that the lack of documentary evidence to explain the contract award could be in breach of the law; is disappointed that the Scottish Government failed to listen to the experienced workforce who had concerns about the management of the yard; believes that the yard could have survived without the orders for vessels 801 and 802; agrees with the view of the majority of people in Scotland who think that the Scottish National Party administration has done a bad job of running ferries; is concerned that this will contribute to island depopulation, and calls on the Scottish Government to spell out how it plans to run and procure ferry services in the future.


Defeated amendments

Motion ref. S6M-04319.1

Ferry Problems - Amendment

Submitted by: Neil Bibby, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date lodged: Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Supported by: Rhoda Grant, Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the chamber on Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Result 53 for, 66 against, 0 abstained, 10 no vote Vote Defeated


Amendments that have not been voted on

Motion ref. S6M-04319.2

Ferry Problems - Amendment

Submitted by: Jenny Gilruth, Mid Fife and Glenrothes, Scottish National Party, Date lodged: Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Supported by: Kate Forbes, Ivan McKee
Current status: Taken in the chamber on Wednesday, May 11, 2022