To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 30 June 2014, Official Report, column 363W, on the Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Fareham, what discussions he has had in the last six months with external stakeholders on the staffing and training levels required for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency Maritime Operations Centre at Fareham to be fully operational.
7 July 2014
Staffing levels for the new National Maritime Operations Centre remains as set in November 2011. Experienced coastguards have designed the training requirement, which is now being delivered in readiness for operational capability in September. Specific discussions about training in the past six months have involved: Blackpool and the Fylde College; the RNLI; Adair International (providers of Action Centred Leadership); and the Royal Yachting Association.