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Rescue Services: Manpower

Transport written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average number of staff (a) on duty and (b) employed at each coastguard station was in each of the last five years.

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

The information is as follows.

(a) The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) does not hold records of the average number of staff on duty over the last five years. Staffing levels for each watch are evaluated to meet the need that the operational activity demands by each Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC). An approximate figure for the whole of Her Majesty's Coastguard for all MRCCs is:

Summer Winter
Day 75 60
Night 60 60

(b) The MCA does not keep average numbers of staff employed at each MRCC, however the numbers of staff employed (full-time equivalent) at each MRCC over the last five years are:

  As at 31 October each year
Organisation 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Aberdeen MRCC 30.22 25.00 30.00 29.50 25.50
Belfast MRCC 23.70 21.70 21.14 20.14 21.14
Brixham MRCC 21.57 22.00 22.00 20.00 20.50
Clyde MRCC 31.22 27.57 29.57 27.64 27.57
Dover MRCC 29.14 25.14 31.07 32.50 26.00
Falmouth MRCC 26.68 25.14 27.00 27.00 25.00
Forth MRCC 20.00 20.00 19.00 14.00 14.00
Holyhead MRCC 22.70 ¦22.14 22.00 20.00 23.00
Humber MRCC 29.00 27.00 29.00 28.00 25.00
Liverpool MRCC 21.57 22.57 23.07 21.50 20.50
London Coastguard 5.00 8.00 6.00 6.00 11.00
Milford MRCC 22.14 21.57 21.50 21.00 23.00
Portland MRCC 24.14 23.57 24.14 25.14 22.14
Shetland MRCC 20.70 19.70 19.14 20.14 18.14
Solent MRCC 26.00 27.00 28.86 27.65 25.65
StornowayMRCC 23.65 23.65 20.22 23.22 23.15
Swansea MRCC 28.00 26.00 27.00 26.00 22.00
Thames MRCC 25.07 21.50 23.00 21.00 19.00
Yarmouth MRCC 24.22 21.22 24.22 20.00 19.78
Total 454.69 430.45 447.93 430.43 412.07

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