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Deep Vein Thrombosis: Compensation

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will seek amendments to the Warsaw Convention to permit claims for compensation by air travellers who suffer deep vein thrombosis; what recent representations she has received on this issue; and if she will make a statement. (190856)

We currently do not have plans to seek amendments to the Warsaw Convention on this issue.

Research by the World Health Organisation published in 2007 showed that the risk of deep vein thrombosis, which applies to all forms of travel, appears to be predominantly the result of prolonged immobility. Certain categories of people appear to be at higher risk, such as older people, those with hereditary blood conditions, women using oral contraception, people undertaking journeys of more than 12 hours and very tall people.

The Department is not aware of any recent representations on this issue.