MPs seek evidence on Atol reform

MPs seek evidence on Atol reform

Parliament’s Transport Committee has called for written evidence on government plans to reform the Atol scheme.

The committee of MPs has invited industry members to submit evidence for a hearing at the end of January.

MPs will quiz transport minister Theresa Villiers on January 20 as part of the committee’s inquiry into the draft Civilian Aviation Bill published last month.

The Department for Transport (DfT) is due to announce in January whether clauses on Atol protection of holidays sold by airlines will be added to the bill - a move long sought by the travel trade and previously recommended by the Civil Aviation Authority.

The DfT is also due to make a series of decisions on other aspects of Atol reform after delaying an announcement that had been expected before Christmas.

The Transport Committee is chaired by Labour MP Louise Ellman and its members include Kwasi Kwarteng, the Conservative MP for Spelthorne, whose constituency borders Heathrow.

Kwarteng told the Guild of Travel Management Companies last month that the industry had “failed to make its case” on the issues that effect it ahead of the last general election.

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