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Volume 696: debated on Wednesday 5 December 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the resources of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency have mirrored the increase in the size of the United Kingdom flagged fleet or the number of shipping movements in United Kingdom waters. [HL568]

The Government have consistently increased the financial resources available to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency—rising, for example, from £122.5 million in 2003-04 to £130.5 million in 2006-07. The deployment of resources within the agency is a matter for the chief executive, taking account of risks and priorities. Technical and human resources assigned directly to dealing with the safety of UK-registered ships have increased steadily over the same period.