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Terrorism: Aviation

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 15 November 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of proposals to limit the liability of UK airlines in the event of an airborne terrorist attack involving a UK airline in (a) British and (b) foreign airspace. (164831)

The Government do not intend to exempt or limit airlines’ liability. Aviation is an international business and the best route for issues of aviation liability is through reform of the 1952 Rome Convention in the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

The ICAO is currently working to revise the 1952 Rome Convention on third party liability. The next step is for the ICAO legal committee to consider the latest draft of a convention on unlawful interference. The UK will participate in these discussions when they take place next year.