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Liam McArthur MSP told MSPs "anger on Orkney at the lack of progress is boiling over" after five days without the lifeline Stromness to Scrabster ferry service during topical questions on 30 April 2013.

The Orkney MSP said he had been contacted by a number of businesses and it is now five days since engine failure meaning five days without the lifeline service. He had tabled a topical question asking what contingency plans are in place to maintain the lifeline ferry service on the Pentland Firth.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said: "there is no complacency here... work is ongoing to mend the damage which is being worked on 24/7 and to procure an additional vessel".

Mr Brown also said the engine failure of the MV Hamnavoe would be investigated, noting the contract 'has financial penalties which apply to Serco', the ferry operator.

Labour MSP Claire Baker asked a question on the Scottish Government's response to the Supreme Court ruling on the Salvesen v Riddell case.

Richard Lochhead, Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, responded.

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