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Rescue Services

Transport written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions each maritime coastguard station has taken over complete operational control of its paired station for a period of more than two hours; and during times of pairing how many rescue incidents were dealt with successfully, in each of the last five years.

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

The current pairing arrangements—the Area Operations concept where two MRCC are technically and operationally capable of mutual support—were introduced in 2005.

These arrangements are an innate aspect of current HM Coastguard operations and happen on a regular basis and therefore the Maritime and Coastguard Agency does not keep records of instances where pairing is undertaken on operational grounds.

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