Local MSP Kenneth Gibson has questioned the Scottish Government about the availability of food to Cumbrae during the coronavirus outbreak.

The representative for Cunninghame North put questions to Fergus Ewing MSP, the rural economy and tourism secretary.

He asked what was being done to support the island, were 30% of the 1400 residents are over the age of 75.

He said: “Mainland supermarkets don’t deliver to Cumbrae and CalMac are likely to reduce their services in the weeks ahead.

“How therefore will vulnerable people in Cumbrae and other island communities be supplied with food and other essentials at this difficult time?”

Mr Ewing responded: “It is essential that the more remote areas do receive equity of supply, in other words, general stores do continue to receive the supply of food as is received and taken for granted in the city.

“I have received assurances from each of the national retailers that there will continue to be an equity of supply across Scotland, including the more remote areas.”