§ Mr. James White
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what assistance is being paid to Caledonian MacBrayne Ltd. 223W and the Orkney Islands Shipping Co. Ltd. for the maintenance and improvement of services to the Scottish islands.
§ Mr. Millan
I am offering the following revenue grants for the year 1979 or the financial year 1979–80, as appropriate:
£ Caledonian MacBrayne Ltd. 3,700,000 Orkney Islands Shipping Company Ltd. 600,000
The purpose of my grants is, after taking account of any economies open to the companies, to avoid increases in charges which are out of line with the movement of transport costs generally.