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Maritime and Coastguard Agency: HM Coastguard

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport with reference to page 81 of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's Annual Report 2007-08, HC 617, what the average response time of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency/HM Coastguard was to maritime incidents where assistance was given in each year from 2002 to 2008. (290662)

Information is not collected in the form requested.

Between 2001-02 and 2006-07 the percentage of incidents where the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) decided on a search and rescue response within five minutes of being alerted is shown in the following table:

Percentage

2001-02

99

2002-03

99

2003-04

99

2004-05

98

2005-06

97

2006-07

99

In each of these years the MCA met its published ministerial target on this area of work.

Figures for 2007-08 and 2008-09 were not recorded due to industrial action short of a strike by members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union.

However, through a programme of local management checks and audits, the agency is confident that the quality of its emergency response co-ordination service was fully maintained despite the absence of statistical data.