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  SNP MSP John Mason questions if Skye is ‘a real island’
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Sep 13, 2017 11:27pm
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AuthorLaura Paterson
News DateWednesday, September 13, 2017 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionAn MSP has questioned whether Skye is a “real island” since a bridge connects it to the mainland.

The SNP’s John Mason raised the query at a Holyrood committee examining a proposed law on island communities.

The Shettleston MSP questioned whether Skye should be included in the legislation, since he claimed it does not have the transport problems of “real islands”.

Speaking at the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee, he said: “Was it unanimous that something like Skye should be included because it says that bridges are ignored and yet surely Skye doesn’t have the problems of ferries, transport that real islands do?”

Committee convener Edward Mountain replied: “I’m sure, as we’ll all agree, that Skye is a real island”.

Darren Dickson from the Islands Bill team confirmed that Skye is included on the list of inhabited islands covered by the bill.
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