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Tourists: Injuries

Volume 464: debated on Friday 19 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent estimate is of the number of injuries sustained by UK citizens travelling outside the European economic area in each of the last five years, broken down by type of injury. (158162)

We do not collect data on the types of injury suffered by UK citizens when travelling overseas.

We do hold figures where our posts overseas are informed of a British national being hospitalised, although this will include both cases of illness and injury.

Over the last five years, the number of cases outside the European Economic area where our posts have been informed of the hospitalisation of a British national, are as follows:

Cases

2002-03

1,236

2003-04

1,055

2004-05

1,364

2005-06

1,268

2006-07

1,500

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will estimate (a) the number of enquiries which his Department receives annually from UK citizens about injuries sustained outside the European Economic Area, (b) the number of these enquiries which are about compensation payments from travel insurance and (c) the number of enquiries that complain about non-payment of compensation due to an injury type that is not covered by standard travel insurance policies. (158163)

During 2006-07 we estimate that our posts overseas received 2,888,996 inquiries, covering all aspects of consular work. Of these 1,941,454 enquiries were received by posts outside the European economic area. We do not keep a statistical breakdown by subject matter.