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Volume 77: debated on Thursday 18 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport what is the Coastguard's regular manpower strength; and what changes are planned in subsequent years.

The Coastguard's manpower strength at 1 April 1985 was 568. The planned figure for 1 April 1986 is the same. I have no current plans for further changes. Naturally the manpower levels for subsequent years will have to be considered in the context of the Government's overall objectives for Civil Service manpower; but it will be my aim to ensure that the Coastguard's operational capability remains at its present level.