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Coastguard Service

Volume 202: debated on Thursday 23 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will specify the consultations including dates of meetings and correspondence which took place on the north coast of Scotland on the review of Her Majesty's coastguard service with (a) local authorities, (b) coastguard staff and (c) the public.

All coastguard district management teams and sector officers within Aberdeen region, including the north coast of Scotland, were consulted personally by regional management over the sector review during the consultative period lasting from February to June 1991; all views of the coastguard staff so aired were considered.Local authorities and the public were not directly approached since this was an internal management review. However, I announced the placing of a copy of the review document in the House of Commons Library to ensure wide circulation of its proposals on 21 March 1991 during the adjournment debate which was in answer to my hon. Friend the Member for St. Ives (Mr. Harris).