HC Deb 12 March 1987 vol 112 c287W
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.