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Aviation

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport by what date airlines using UK airports will be required to comply with EU legislation on the rights of passengers with disabilities travelling by air. (78988)

The European Commission's proposal for a regulation on air passenger rights for people with reduced mobility has been agreed by the European Parliament and was adopted at a meeting of the Council on 9 June. The majority of the provisions will enter into force two years after adoption, although a ban on discrimination against disabled persons and those with reduced mobility will enter into force after one year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will review the Access to Air Travel for Disabled People Code of Practice following the treatment by Iberia Airlines of a group of deaf passengers on their flight from London Heathrow in July 2004. (79006)

As a Spanish carrier, Iberian Airlines are not subject to the UK voluntary code “Access to Air Travel for Disabled People Code of Practice”.

The European Commission's proposal for a regulation on air passenger rights for people with reduced mobility has been agreed by the European Parliament, and was adopted at a meeting of the Council on 9 June.

The Government is looking to publish the findings of a research project shortly, which assessed the UK aviation industry's adherence to the voluntary code “Access to Air Travel for Disabled People Code of Practice”. These findings will be used to determine whether to bring UK aviation within the scope of domestic disability legislation, having regard to the forthcoming EU Regulation.