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Travel: Insurance

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received from representatives of those with serious medical conditions and disabilities on the availability of travel insurance; and if he will make a statement. (286258)

Treasury Ministers and officials receive representations from a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous administrations, it is not the Government's practice to provide details of all such representations.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average proportion of the cost of travel insurance to the consumer accounted for by premium insurance tax; and if he will make a statement. (286259)

Travel insurance premiums are subject to the higher rate of insurance premium tax at 17.5 per cent. Insurance premium tax therefore accounts for 14.9 per cent of the total price paid by a customer for travel insurance.