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Travel Insurance (Deep Vein Thrombosis)

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 22 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what plans she has to encourage travel insurance companies to warn their clients that they are not covered for death, personal injury or loss of income due to flight-related deep vein thrombosis; [114967](2) what plans she has to issue advice to holiday makers about the absence of travel insurance cover for flight-related deep vein thrombosis. [114966]

We currently have no plans to issue advice to holiday makers or travel insurance companies about travel insurance cover for deep vein thrombosis, although I am advised that such cover is available. It is important that consumers check details of any exclusions themselves before they take out insurance, to ensure that it is suitable for their needs and circumstances.The Government is helping with research being carried out under the auspices of the World Health Organisation into the incidence, extent and cause of deep vein thrombosis amongst air travellers.