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Missing Vessels

Volume 885: debated on Thursday 30 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether it is Government policy not to employ aircraft to search for missing vessels at sea if a number of surface vessels are already doing so; and if he will make a statement.

No. Each case is decided on its merits. The factors taken into account include the visibility and weather conditions in the search area, the possibility of a false alarm, and the extent to which the use of an aircraft would significantly increase the chances of finding the missing vessel.