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Rescue Services

Transport written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Katy Clark Katy Clark Labour, North Ayrshire and Arran

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what testing will take place prior to the proposed closure of the maritime rescue and co-ordination centre at Clyde in December 2012.

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

Preparations have been under way since the announcement on 22 November 2011 for the closure of Clyde. Testing will be carried out prior to the closure of Clyde Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) to ensure that the Maritime and Coastguard Agency is able to maintain the same quality of search and rescue service as at present.

This will include the management of Clyde MRCC's current operational area by the centres at Belfast and Stornoway, while Clyde is still operational, to ensure a smooth transition. Staff from these three centres are already carrying out cross-training.

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