The Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill had its committee stage, the first chance for line by line scrutiny, in the Lords on Wednesday 11 October.
The committee stage of this bill took place in Grand Committee, a room outside the Lords chamber. Any member can take part and decisions on amendments can be made, but no votes take place.
Members discussed a range of subjects, including the definition of the Air Travel Trust, amendments to the Civil Aviation (Air Travel Organisers' Licensing) Regulations 2012 and the impact of Brexit on consumer protection under the ATOL scheme.
Report stage, a further chance to examine the bill and make changes, is scheduled for 25 October.
Lords second reading: Tuesday 5 September
Members discussed the key points raised by the bill, including consumer protection in the event of travel company failings, the ATOL license fee for member travel companies and the rationale for updating the UK travel protection package to match European directives in light of EU withdrawal.
Members also raised a number of questions on issues including improvements to travel insurance compensation schemes, the unease of travel companies operating in Europe post-Brexit, the impact of drones on aircraft safety and the rise of online travel bookings contributing to a decline in the use of ATOL-protected companies.
Air Travel Organisers' Licensing Bill
This bill will aim to:
- update the consumer protection scheme (ATOL) for package holidays that include a flight
- ensure a wider body of consumers are protected
- allow for UK businesses to trade across Europe more easily
- provide adaptability for the future, which includes changes that may arise because of withdrawal from the EU