Responding to Jenny Gilruth's opening statement in this afternoon's Scottish Parliament debate on ferries, Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Willie Rennie said:
"It's difficult to believe that the SNP happened to find this apparently critical document just before the debate on ferries. The document makes matters worse as it still doesn't explain why the decision was made to ignore CMAL.
"The Transport Minister's claim that it was only Derek McKay that signed off the contract has almost immediately been undermined by another document that revealed that it was the Deputy First Minister that signed off the contract.
"The need for a public inquiry is now urgent."