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Motion ref. S6M-06071

Scottish Government Handling of Ferry Contracts

Submitted by: Graham Simpson, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
Date lodged: Monday, September 26, 2022

Supported by: Sharon Dowey, Liam Kerr
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, September 29, 2022

Motions as amended

That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Project Neptune report on the governance of Scotland’s ferries; notes that ministers are engaging with affected communities, staff and all stakeholders on the options for reform; recognises that over £2 billion has been invested in the support of lifeline ferry services since 2007; welcomes the commitment to publish and consult on a long-term vessel and port investment plan as part of the Islands Connectivity Plan; recognises the concerns of island communities, and that ministers continue to work closely with them during periods of disruption; agrees that ensuring accurate reporting is key to avoiding unnecessary impacts on those economies, and notes the ongoing work to deliver the vessels under construction at Ferguson Marine, the positive relations between management and unions, and the protection of hundreds of jobs at the yard, including supporting over 50 apprentices, along with many more jobs in the supply chain.


Vote

Result 64 for, 53 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote Vote Passed

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

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

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No vote

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

Scottish Labour  0 for, 20 against, 0 abstained, 2 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 Liberal Democrats  0 for, 3 against, 0 abstained, 1 no vote Read more Read less


Original motion text

That the Parliament welcomes the long-awaited publication of the Project Neptune report on Scotland’s ferries; believes that the report sets out viable alternatives to the current structure, which is not delivering for islanders; calls on the Scottish Government to set out an urgent plan for fleet procurement, manufacturing and operations; notes that the CalMac fleet has become increasingly beset by technical issues and cancellations and that these technical issues are leading to increasingly higher repair costs; further notes that island communities, who have faced significant disruption already, are concerned that a lack of resilience in the fleet could cause further disruption this winter; expresses disappointment that, under latest estimates, vessels 801 and 802 will not be completed until May and December 2023, despite originally being due for completion in May and July 2018, and calls for a public inquiry into the matter.


Accepted amendments

Motion ref. S6M-06071.2

Scottish Government Handling of Ferry Contracts - Amendment

Submitted by: Jenny Gilruth, Mid Fife and Glenrothes, Scottish National Party, Date lodged: Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Supported by: Michael Matheson, John Swinney
Current status: Taken in the chamber on Thursday, September 29, 2022

Result 65 for, 52 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote Vote Passed


Defeated amendments

Motion ref. S6M-06071.1

Scottish Government Handling of Ferry Contracts - Amendment

Submitted by: Neil Bibby, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date lodged: Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Supported by: Rhoda Grant, Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the chamber on Thursday, September 29, 2022

Result 23 for, 93 against, 0 abstained, 13 no vote Vote Defeated