§ Lord Wallace of Saltaire
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What was the total number of coastguard stations around the coast of the United Kingdom at the end of 1997, as compared with 1987, 1977, and 1967 and what will be the number on current plans in 1999. [HL442]
§ Baroness Hayman
The total number of coastguard stations at the end of 1997 was 483, compared with 383 in 1987, 376 in 1977 and 375 in 1967. The number of stations at the end of 1999 will depend on the outcome of the current consultation exercise into Her Majesty's Coastguard's five year strategy. The number of stations quoted for 1997, 1987 and 1977 include all maritime rescue co-ordination and sub-centres, sector bases and auxiliary coastguard stations. The 1967 figure includes constant watch, day watch, auxiliary watch and auxiliary rescue stations: this terminology changed in a 1974 re-organisation.