Sarah Wollaston Chair, Health and Social Care Committee, Chair, Liaison Committee (Commons)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure the continued effective patrolling of the (a) North Sea, (b) English Channel, (c) Western Approaches, (d) Bristol Channel and (e) Irish Sea; and what plans he has to increase the number of vessels based at the South Atlantic station.
Mark Lancaster The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence
The Royal Navy has a range of vessels that contribute to patrolling the waters of the UK. Those vessels are tasked to reflect the day to day operational demand, including supporting and working with Other Government Departments.
Force levels in the South Atlantic are regularly kept under review, and will be adjusted to meet the operational demand.
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