§ Mr. Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if there are any proposals to close any coastguard lookout stations in Dorset and Hampshire; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. McLoughlin
HM Coastguard has undertaken an internal review of the sector and auxiliary coastguard organisation around the country. Proposals and recom-mendations have been put forward to clearly define the role of the modern day coastguard service, and to improve levels of readiness, responsiveness, and efficiency. These proposals and recommendations form a consultative document and not a statement of intent. A full statement will be made in due course, once a final decision has been reached.