Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

David Cameron sidesteps query over Northern Ireland's Coastguard

David Cameron claims it does not matter who carries out Northern Ireland's Coastguard role as long as they provide a good service.

Quizzed by the DUP's Jim Shannon over the future of the Bangor Coastguard station, which has been earmarked for closure, the Prime Minister said:“I have been lobbied extensively about air sea rescue including from people from all walks of life, if I can put it that way, and I totally understand the need for good air sea rescue.

“I think what matters is not necessarily who is carrying it out, but are they fully qualified, is it a good service and is it value for money?”

Northern Ireland's Coastguard centre faces being axed under a wholesale reform of the UK service announced by Shipping Minister Mike Penning last month.

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