§ Mr. Williams
asked the Secretary of State for Transport on what dates the maximum levels of compensation for air and for sea ferry passengers were set; at what level; what is the current value in real terms; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Moore
For air passengers the Warsaw convention, as amended at the Hague in 1955, sets a limit of 250,000 gold francs (current value £13,633) per passenger for liability of the carrier for death of injury. The Civil Aviation Authority requires British airlines to have a special contract with their passengers providing for such compensation of up to 100,000 SDR (current value £79,429). This figure was set in 1981.
For sea passengers the Athens convention relating to the carriage of passengers and their luggage by sea, completed in 1974, sets a limit of 700,000 gold francs (current value £38,173) per passenger for such compensation.