Secretary of State for Transport, Philip Hammond, made a statement in the House of Commons on Thursday 14 July on the modernisation of coastguard services.
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Maria Eagle, responded to the statement on behalf of the Opposition.
Watch and read the statement and the views expressed by MPs on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard.
Oral statements are made after Question Time (or at 11am on a Friday). Statements usually relate to matters of policy or government actions.
At the end of a statement, MPs can respond or question the government minister on its contents.
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