HC Deb 07 February 1977 vol 925 cc542-3W
Mr. Sandelson

asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will make a statement on progress in improving the limits of liability for air passengers.

Mr. Clinton Davis

Following informal consultations amongst West European authorities, begun with my support by the Civil Aviation Authority in 1974, airlines in more than 20 countries now enter into a special contract under the Warsaw Convention, as amended at The Hague, for a limit of liability for the death or personal injury of passengers in international carriage over twice that provided by the Convention. A list of the airlines concerned has been placed in the Libraries of both Houses. British airlines are required by the Civil Aviation Authority to contract for a limit of not less than £25,000. Since a limit of US $58,000 also applies to all flights touching the United States, under the 1966 Montreal Agreement, by far the largest proportion of international carriage by air is now subject to a limit more than twice as high as that in the Warsaw Convention as amended at The Hague. At the same time we and like-minded countries will continue to pursue policies aimed at securing the implementation of the 1975 Montreal Additional Protocol No. 3, which provides for no-fault liability and a substantially higher limit still.