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That this House is concerned at the implications for ferry passenger services and the workforce of the Scottish Government's decision to award Serco the 2012-18 contract for the Northern Isles; notes that Serco will receive a 243 million public subsidy for the 351 million contract to run these lifeline ferry services for profit; further notes that the public sector provider received 162 million for the previous Northern Isles contract and that passenger and business satisfaction with North Link's service was high; is deeply concerned that the sale of the Northern Isles contract increases the threat of privatisation of Clyde and Hebridean Ferry Services (CHFS), particularly on the more profitable Oban-Craignure, Ardrossan-Brodick, Largs-Cumbrae, Pentland Firth and Wemyss-Rothesay routes when the 2013-19 CHFS contract is tendered later this year; and calls on the Scottish Government to use the Final Ferries Plan to categorically rule out privatisation on CHFS routes and to honour existing workforce protections in any new contract.
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