£121 million to subsidise Scotland’s ferry services

The Scottish Government paid out �121.8 million to subsidise ferry services operated by the David MacBrayne Group in 2011-12. The group's subsidiaries include CalMac Ferries Ltd, which operates Clyde and Hebrides services under the Caledonian MacBrayne brand.

The Scottish Government paid out �121.8 million to subsidise ferry services operated by the David MacBrayne Group in 2011-12. The group's subsidiaries include CalMac Ferries Ltd, which operates Clyde and Hebrides services under the Caledonian MacBrayne brand.

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The amount of money paid out to subsidise Scottish ferry services rose by nearly 20 per cent in the last financial year, according to a new report.

A total of £121.8 million was given to the David MacBrayne Group by the Scottish Government in grant funding during 2011-12, according to the group’s latest annual report, which was published on Friday.

And while £5.8 million - a year-on-year increase of one third - was paid back to the Scottish Government through efficiency savings, and the group’s operating profitability rose by 19 per cent to £3.8 million, there was a fall of five per cent in the number of cars and passengers carried - a figure which the group’s chairman, Bute resident Peter Timms, described as “disappointing”.

 

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