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Swansea Coastguard Station

Volume 533: debated on Monday 10 October 2011

The Petition of people concerned about maritime safety in the Bristol Channel,

Declares that the recommendation of the UK Government to close the Swansea Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre at Tutts Head, Mumbles, would endanger the lives and wellbeing of people on the water and around the coast of the Bristol Channel.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons press the UK Government to retain the Swansea Maritime Rescue Centre as a 24-hour staffed coastguard station.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Martin Caton, Official Report, 13 September 2011; Vol. 532, c. 1008.]

[P000957]

Observations from the Secretary of State for Transport, received 4 October 2011:

The future of the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre at Swansea is a specific question within the wider consultation on the modernisation of the coastguard that I announced on 14 July 2011.

That consultation ended on 6 October 2011. The Government are considering all the responses to that exercise and will make an announcement in due course.