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Rescue Services: South Wales

Transport written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Jessica Morden Jessica Morden Labour, Newport East

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effect of the closure of Swansea coastguard station on coastguard services around Newport.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

holding answer 14 November 2011

No individual assessment has been made on the effect on coastguard services around Newport in respect of the proposed closure of Swansea Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has assessed the safety risks in relation to HM Coastguard's current operation on a national basis and how these are mitigated by the modernisation proposals. The MCA has also assessed the impact of the modernisation proposals on HM Coastguard's capability to deliver its national service in the future.

These assessments, as well as a location impact assessment, coastguard centre rationale and supporting tables showing factors taken into consideration in the proposed choice of coastguard centres, are available in the Libraries of the House, and on the MCA's website:

www.dft.gov.uk/mca

I refer the hon. Member to my oral statement of 22 November 2011, Hansard, columns 161-64.

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