§ The Under-Secretary of State for Trade (Mr. Clinton Davis)
The European Parliament has sent forward proposals to the Commission for the establishment of a Community coastguard service further to the common policy for the conservation and management of fishing resources. The Commission has not yet put any proposals to the Council of Ministers.
§ Mr. Davis
As to the specific purpose for which this is designed, that is really a matter for my right hon. Friends the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Secretary of State for Scotland. I am sceptical about the need for search and rescue to be mounted through an EEC coastguard service. I think that the job is very well done as a national service, and I believe that this would be an excuse for added costs and unnecessary duplication.
§ Mr. Adley
Does not the Minister accept that the EEC provides a useful 14 framework, particularly on the control of pollution? Will he keep an open mind on these matters until the Government have had a chance to study the proposals fully and perhaps to seek the views of hon. Members representing coastal constituencies?