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Sea Rescue

Volume 976: debated on Friday 21 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will set up an independent inquiry to investigate and report on the changing roles of lifeboats and helicopters in sea rescue.

The United Kingdom Marine Search and Rescue Committee chaired by my Department regularly

The United Kingdom's 10 largest exports markets in the period January to October 1979, and the numerical position occupied by each of these countries in the previous 10 years, were as follows:reviews the need for any change in the deployment of helicopters and lifeboats in search and rescue incidents at sea. I do not consider it necessary to set up an independent inquiry.