HC Deb 21 December 1982 vol 34 cc458-9W
Mr. Trotter

asked the Minister for Trade, to what extent the proposals by British Telecom to replace the manned coastal wireless stations at Cullercoats and elsewhere around the United Kingdom by manned stations at Stonehaven and Portishead using remotely controlled links from Cullercoats and other sites around the coast will affect the safety and convenience of shipping.

Mr. Sproat

British Telecommunications is satisfied that the remote control links to the proposed two manned control stations will enable the service to operate as effectively as at present and the commercial service it provides to shipping should not be impaired. Similarly, I do not expect the safety service which it provides as agent of my Department to be impaired, and British Telecom has undertaken to incorporate such safety and back-up factors into the design of the new arrangements as may be required.