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David Cameron sidesteps query over Northern Ireland's Coastguard

By Sam Lister

Published 13/01/2011

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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