§ Dr. Godman
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what are the names of the chairman and directors of Caledonian MacBrayne; what are their periods of office and their annual remuneration; and what were the organisations, voluntary associations and political parties from which they were recruited, selected or appointed to their posts.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
The names of those who have accepted the Secretary of State's invitation to form the new board of Caledonian MacBrayne Limited, along with relevant initial periods of appointment, are shown in the table:
(Chairman) A. J. Struthers 3 years (Chief Executive) C. S. Paterson — W. G. Cochrane 3 years A. Gilchrist 2 years K. H. MacKenzie 3 years G. MacLeod 2 years D. Martin 3 years Mrs. E. Sillars 3 years
The chairman will be paid £15,000 per annum and all board members will be paid £4,500 per annum. In considering appointments to the board, the Secretary of State took care to strike a balance between commercial expertise and first-hand knowledge both of the islands which the company's vessels serve and of the needs of the 115W company's customers. No one has been invited to join the board on the basis of links with any organisation, voluntary association or political party. All appointments were made on merit.