§ Mrs. Ewing
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland why the Government 424W have decided to set up the Scottish Transport Group with a deficit of £800,000; and if he will give details of the steps he is taking to assist the Group to eliminate this deficit.
§ Mr. Ross
The Scottish Transport Group has not been set up with a deficit. There is provision in the Highlands and Islands Shipping Services Act, 1960 and the Transport Act, 1968 for grants to be given in respect of certain of the services to be provided by the Group.