The Coastguard, emergency towing vessels and the Maritime Incident Response Group

The Committee has concluded its inquiry into the Government's proposals for modernising the Coastguard.

The report was published on 23 June 2011 and can be viewed below.

The Transport Committee published the government response to their report on 16 September 2011 and can be viewed below.

 View the full terms of reference.

24 May 2011

Witnesses: Michael Vlasto, Operations Director, Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), Brian George, Chairman, Liverpool Branches, Graham Warlow, Chairman, Milford Haven Branch, Public and Commercial Services Union; Mike Penning MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Transport, Vice-Admiral Sir Alan Massey KCB CBE, Chief Executive Philip Naylor, Director of Maritime Services, Maritime and Coastguard Agency

19 May 2011

Witnesses: Bob Skinley, Treasurer, PCS Shetland Islands, Alex Dodge, Chair, PCS Shetland Islands, Murdo Macaulay, PCS Stornoway Branch, and Carol Collins, PCS Stornoway Branch; Cllr Michael Foxley, Leader of the Administration, Highland Council, Robert Paterson, Director of Health and Safety, Oil and Gas UK, Tom Piper, Co-ordinator, KIMO UK, Cllr Angus Campbell, Leader, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isle Council), and Cllr Dr Jonathan Wills, Shetland Island Council

18 May 2011

Witnesses: Steve Brown, Training and Development Manager, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, Andy Brigden, Maritime Manager, Cornwall Council, Capt Mark Sansom, Falmouth Harbour Commissioner, and Rob Grose, Chairman, Truro and Penryn Harbour Forum; Jon Gifford, Honorary President, National Coastwatch Institution, Gus Lewis, Head of Legal & Government Affairs, Royal Yachting Association, and Capt Kevin Richardson, President, UK Harbour Masters’ Association

26 April 2011

Witnesses: Steve Quinn, President of Coastguard Section, Public and Commercial Services Union, Steve Todd, National Secretary, RMT (National Union of Rail, Maritime & Transport Workers), and Allan Graveson, Senior National Secretary, Nautilus International; Stewart Henderson, Offshore Development Manager, Svitzer, David Balston, Director of Safety and Environment, Chamber of Shipping, David Offin, Managing Director, JP Knight, and Steve Jellis, President, British Tugowners Association; and Steve Demetriou, CFOA MIRG Lead Officer, Chief Fire Officers’ Association, Mervyn Kettle, former Project Manager for the National Firefighting at Sea project and Gary Walsh, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, East Sussex Fire Authority

8 February 2011

Witnesses: Vice-Admiral Sir Alan Massey KCB CBE, Chief Executive, Philip Naylor, Director of Maritime Services, and Sue Ketteridge, Director of Finance and Governance, Maritime and Coastguard Agency