The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport
(Mr. David Jamieson)
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency's Business Plan 2003–04 and Forward Look is published today and copies have been placed in the Libraries of the House. The key targets of the Plan are:
In at least 96 per cent. of incidents, take a decision on the appropriate search and rescue (SAR) response to accidents and life threatening situations and initiate action if necessary within five minutes of being alerted;
Deliver at least 97 per cent. of planned ship inspections using a risk based approach;
Ensure that at least 5 per cent. of available Coastguard time is spent on prevention activity;
Introduce initial on-line services for customers;
Introduce a national regime for inland waterways vessel standards and boatmasters' licences.