Government response to the second Transport Select Committee inquiry of 2012-13 shows continued arrogance towards legitimate concerns of Coastguards, MP’s and campaigners by the MCA and Ministers of the DfT.

“On 12 February 2013 we received the Government reply to our Sixth Report of 2012-13, The Coastguard, Emergency Towing Vessels and the Maritime Incident Response Group: follow up. We publish this reply with this report. The Government has responded comprehensively to our recommendations, particularly in relation to how the Coastguard Service will operate once the new Maritime Operations Centre is opened. However, we continue to receive worrying information from coastguards about staffing levels, management culture, morale and the arrangements for closing MRCCs. We note that the Government has changed its plans for the winding down of Yarmouth MRCC so that it opens only in the daytime from 4 March, despite earlier ruling out MRCCs operating only during daytime. We have written to the Minister to pursue these matters: our letter is also published with this report. We have applied for a debate in the House of Commons on the Coastguard Service to ensure that these issues are properly addressed during the reform process”.

Transport Select Committee publish their second report into the closure of UK Coastguard rescue coordination centres. Please see the “news” page on this website for the campaign reaction to the report.

The full report may be viewed here:

08.05hrs – 10.12.12.

The second Transport Select Committee Coastguard inquiry report will be published at one minute past midnight tonight.

The full document will be available to view on this page after publication.

Please address all media enquiries to for a copy of the National Coastguard SOS Campaign press release following the publication.

Transport Committee

Select Committee Announcement

05 December 2012

For Immediate Release: SCA 54/2012-13

REPORT: The Coastguard, Emergency Towing Vessels and the Maritime Response group: follow up

* Inquiry page: Coastguards: follow up<>
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The Committee has agreed to publish its Sixth Report of Session 2012-13, The Coastguard, Emergency Towing Vessels and the Maritime Incident Response Group: follow up, (HC 647), at 00.01 am on Tuesday 11 December 2012.
Embargoed advance PDF copies of the Report will be emailed on Monday 10 December 2012 at 9.30 am to all those who gave oral evidence.
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Committee Membership is as follows:
Mrs Louise Ellman (Labour/Co-operative, Liverpool Riverside) (Chair); Steve Baker (Conservative, Wycombe); Jim Dobbin (Labour/Co-operative, Heywood and Middleton); Julie Hilling (Labour, Bolton West); Kwasi Kwarteng (Conservative, Spelthorne); Mr John Leech (Liberal Democrat, Manchester Withington); Karen Lumley (Conservative, Redditch); Karl McCartney (Conservative, Lincoln); Lucy Powell (Manchester Central); Iain Stewart (Conservative, Milton Keynes South); Graham Stringer (Labour, Blackley and Broughton).

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Transport Committee invites written evidence on changes to Coastguard Service


19 July 2012

Call for evidence.

 • Transport Committee
• Previous inquiry into changes to the Coastguard service

In 2011 the Transport Committee inquired into the Coastguard, Emergency Towing Vessels and the Maritime Incident Response Group.  The Transport Committee intends to follow up this work by taking further evidence on the issues raised during this inquiry.

The Transport Committee invites written evidence on how the Government’s changes to the Coastguard service are being implemented.  The Committee would like to hear about the possible impact on service delivery arising from these changes.  The Committee would also like to follow up its recommendations regarding Emergency Towing Vessels and the Maritime Incident Response Group.

Please send a memorandum outlining which you feel are the most important issues faced by these services by 14 September 2012.

Notes on the submission of written evidence

It assists the Committee if those submitting written evidence adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. Written submissions should be as short as is consistent with conveying the relevant information. As a rough guide, it is usually helpful if they can be confined to six pages or less. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference. A summary of the main points at the start of the submission is sometimes helpful.
  2. Evidence should be submitted by e-mail to transev@parliament.ukin Word or Rich Text format, with as little use of colour and images as possible. If you wish to submit written evidence to the Committee in another format you must contact a member of staff to discuss this. The body of the e-mail should include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. It should be absolutely clear who the submission is from, particularly whether it is on behalf of an organisation or in the name of an individual.
  3. Once accepted by the Committee, written evidence becomes the Committee’s property and it may decide to publish it or make other public use of it. If the Committee decides to accept your contribution as evidence we will email you formally accepting it as such. You may publicise or publish your submission yourself, once you receive the formal acceptance of your evidence to the Committee. When doing so, please indicate that it has been submitted to the Committee.
  4.  The Committee will usually publish the majority of written evidence that is received, but some submissions will be placed in the Parliamentary Archives for public inspection rather than being printed or published online. If you do not wish your submission to be made public, you must clearly say so, and should contact a member of staff to discuss this. Though the Committee is happy to receive copies of published material or correspondence sent to other parties, formal submissions of evidence should be original work produced for the Committee and not published elsewhere.
  5. Committee staff are happy to give more detailed guidance on giving evidence to a select committee, or further advice on any aspect of the Committee’s work, by phone or e-mail.

To encourage responses the Coastguard SOS campaign have designed the following response template which if you want to respond to the TSC you may wish to consider using:


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