Coalition against International Terrorism

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:35 am on 4th October 2001.

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Photo of Tony Blair Tony Blair Prime Minister 9:35 am, 4th October 2001

We have the insurance agreement that will be of some assistance and, obviously, we are looking carefully at airline security measures. Of course these are difficult times for the airline industries and we are in close discussion and consultation with them. However, I believe that one of the most important things that we can do is to demonstrate by the strength of the action that we take that people can have confidence in going back to using the airlines in the way that they did previously. We have some experience—obviously less so given the particular nature of the attacks of 11 September—from the Gulf war of a crisis in confidence among people using airlines. I believe that that will pass when they see that proper security measures are in place and that we are taking the correct action. As a result of what happened on 11 September, there is already a great deal more security in place and people should have confidence in the ability to travel as freely as they wish.