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Irish Republic (Rescues)

Volume 127: debated on Friday 19 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what charges are made to the Government of the Irish Republic for rescues effected (a) of Irish citizens and (b) in Irish waters by British military search and rescue units; and if he will make a statement.

Charges for civil search and rescue incidents are the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport. The Ministry of Defence recovers costs from the Department of Transport for the search and rescue services which it provides, but does not make charges to other Governments or individuals.