Various questions relating to Clyde and Hebrides ferry services: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested

For each of the last 20 years (i.e. 1999/2000 through to 2018/19) can you please detail:

a) Central government spending on new vessels for the Hebridean and Clyde services.
b) Central government spending on piers and harbours used by Clyde and Hebrides ferries services
c) Total annual operating subsidy paid to Caledonian MacBrayne / David MacBrayne ferries for each of those years.


We have identified the information requested and this is detailed in Annex A.

In addition, some of the information requested is available in the public domain; namely investment on piers & harbours, and subsidy. One such source is the Scottish Transport Statistics, although it should be noted that the information contained here is predominately by calendar year.

Some links to these are provided below:-
2001 to 2010
2015 (No 34)
2016 (No 35)
2017 (No 36)
2018 (No 37) 

In accordance with Transport (Scotland) Act 2001 (Section 70) (4) payments in respect of subsidies for ferry services and grants for infrastructure improvements are made by Transport Scotland. Transport Scotland publish a report annually which details suchpayments.

For your information, I detail the internet links to the most recent publications:-

About FOI

The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at

FOI/19/02430 - Information Released - Annex A


Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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