HC Deb 16 March 1955 vol 538 cc1286-7
43. Sir L. Plummer

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether he will make representations to the International Air Transport Association, or other appropriate body, in favour of increasing the present figure of maximum compensation payable to the dependants of passengers killed in civil aviation disasters.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

A conference, called by theInternational Civil Aviation Organisation for September next to revise the provisions of the relevant international Convention, will have before it proposals that the limits of compensation should be raised. The United Kingdom delegation to the conference will be instructed to press for an increase.

Sir L. Plummer

While thanking the Minister for that reply, may I ask if he will see that the delegates are seized with the responsibility of seeing to it that, through no fault of fare-paying passengers on civil airlines, the families, widows and children of those passengers are not left beggared and ruined by events which are not their responsibility?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

It is because of that consideration that our delegates will be instructed to press for an increase, but we shall have to carry other nations with us.