HC Deb 03 December 1906 vol 166 cc565-6
* MR. COCHRANE (Ayrshire, N.)

On behalf of the right hon. Gentleman the Member for West Croydon, I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether it is intended to abolish or reduce the coastguard.


I must refer the right hon. Gentleman to the reply given by my right hon. friend the Secretary to the Admiralty to a Question asked by the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland on 21st November.†


Is this reduction part of the general naval policy of the † See (4) Debates, clxv., 813–4. Government, and is it to be carried out step by step?


The hon. Gentleman will find a full Answer in the replies of my right hon. friend.

MAJOR SEELY (Liverpool, Abercromby)

May I ask whether the Admiralty, in deciding this question, will bear in mind the large part played by the coastguard in life - saving at sea? Many of our lifeboat crews depend on them for notification of wrecks.


I am sure any suggestion from my hon. friend will be carefully considered by the Admiralty.

LORD BALCARRES (Lancashire, Chorley)

Have any orders connected with the reduction yet been issued?


No, Sir.