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Transport written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to her Department's planned reforms of the ATOL scheme, what the evidence basis is for her Department's conclusion that a two day Flight-plus buying window closely resembles a package in the eyes of consumers.

Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers The Minister of State, Department for Transport

The purpose of reform is to provide greater clarity to consumers about whether their flight inclusive holiday is ATOL-protected or not. The aim of including Flight Plus in ATOL is to protect those holidays that are very similar in content and appearance to package holidays but are outside the legal definition of a package holiday. The Department proposed a short time period for customer requests for Flight Plus components as this would be most consistent with this aim.

Views on the timing for consumer requests for holiday components were sought in the ATOL reform consultation (23 June to 15 September 2011). We are considering the responses and I plan to announce the final decisions for ATOL reform later this year or early next year.

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