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Written Answers

Volume 373: debated on Friday 6 August 1976

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Written Answers

Airline Overbooking Compensation Scheme

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they have inquired into and, if so, whether they will make a statement upon the amount and type of publicity given by British airlines to the travelling public concerning the recently adopted scheme for overbooking compensation; and whether they consider this to be adequate.

My Lords, this is a voluntary scheme and publicity is primarily a matter for the participating airlines. The question has received some Press coverage and I understand that the airlines will provide details on request. I am also advised that where passengers are denied carriage due to overbooking and are eligible for compensation the airlines give them a full statement of their rights.

Carriage Of Dangerous Goods In Ships

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they can confirm that, as stated by Lord Oram on 1st July (cols. 863–4), the requirements contained in the official publication

Carriage of Dangerous Goods in Ships and the Merchant Shipping (Dangerous Goods) Rules 1965 apply to all ships which go through British territorial waters without touching at British ports.

The Merchant Shipping (Dangerous Goods) Rules 1965 apply to all British ships registered in the United Kingdom. For other ships within the United Kingdom's territorial waters the rules apply only when they engage in embarking or disembarking passengers or loading or discharging cargoes or fuel.House adjourned for the Summer Recess at twenty-one minutes past twelve o'clock noon, until Monday, 27th September, 1976.