Oral Answers to Questions — British Tourists (Insurance)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th April 1967.

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Photo of Mr James Tinn Mr James Tinn , Cleveland 12:00 am, 17th April 1967

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps he is taking to inform British tourists about the need to provide themselves with adequate insurance against illness and other hazards of foreign travel.

Photo of Mr William Rodgers Mr William Rodgers , Stockton-on-Tees

The need for adequate insurance is emphasised in two pamphlets distributed to all applicants for passports and foreign exchange. Copies have been placed in the Library. With the encouragement of the Foreign Office, the Association of British Travel Agents, the British Insurance Association and the motoring associations all publicise the need for adequate travel insurance.

Photo of Mr James Tinn Mr James Tinn , Cleveland

That answer is welcome, but will my hon. Friend do all he can to increase the number of reciprocal agreements with foreign countries, so that citizens of both countries may enjoy mutual benefits of adequate sickness insurance arrangements?

Photo of Mr William Rodgers Mr William Rodgers , Stockton-on-Tees

I agree that reciprocal arrangements are important and there are not enough of them. We shall do what we can.