To ask the Secretary of State for Transport
(1) on how many occasions staff from one maritime coast guard station have carried out training in their paired station's operations room, by station, in each of the last five years;
(2) how many recorded training hours staff of each maritime coastguard station have spent in the operations room of its paired station in order to gain local knowledge of that station.
The current pairing arrangements—the area operations concept where two Maritime Rescue coordination centres are technically and operationally capable of mutual support—were introduced in 2005. These arrangements are an innate aspect of current Her Majesty's Coastguard operations and happen on a regular basis and therefore the MCA does not keep records of instances where pairing is undertaken on operational grounds.