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3rd January 1969, Page 27
3rd January 1969
Page 27
Page 27, 3rd January 1969 — Scottish Transport Group
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The remaining State-owned transport organikation vested on Wednesday is the Scottish Transport Group, which comes under the jurisdiction of the Minister of Transport and the Secretary of State for Scotland. Principal companies whose securities were transferred to the STG were the THC-owned Scottish Bus Group (4,700 buses and coaches) and the THC securities of David MacBrayne Ltd. (136 buses and coaches and 19 ships). Also transferred were the securities held by British Railways in the Caledonian Steam Packet Co. Ltd. (14 ships) and the ferry service to and from Kyle of Lochalsh and Kyleakin.

Similar duties have been allocated to the STG as those of the NBC, with some additions, notably to carry passengers by subway or water; to carry goods by road, water or hovercraft to or from any place in the counties of Argyll, Caithness, Inverness, Orkney, Ross and Cromarty, Sutherland, Zetland and Bute; and to operate harbours. The Group shall not be regarded as common carriers in respect of any activities concerned with the carriage of goods, however.

Part-time chairman of the STQ is Mr. Patrick M. Thomas, a director of Wm. Beardmore and Co. Ltd., part-time member of the Scottish Gas Board and, since 1967, a member of the Colin of Strathclyde University. Full-time chief eiecutive is Mr. W. M. Little, who was chairman of the Scottish Bus Group. The following people have been appointed part-time members ot the hoard by Mr. William Ross, Scottish Secretary of State; Professor K. J. W. Alexander; Mr. Walter Alexander; Mr. A. M. Donnet; Mr. T. W. H. Galley (chief executive, NBC); Lord Provost Johnston and Mr. P. Somerville. All will serve until the end of 1971.

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