Statement on Thomas Cook

25 September 2019

The Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, has updated the House of Commons on the steps the Government is taking to support those affected by the collapse of Thomas Cook.

Thomas Cook Group ceased trading on 23 September leaving thousands of holiday makers left abroad and requiring repatriation.

Grant Shapps told MPs;

"I would like to assure Members of the House that the Government is committed to supporting those affected, including by providing repatriation flights free of charge for all those of people."

Responding on behalf of the Opposition, Shadow Transport Secetary Andy McDonald responded saying;

"The travel company went under because successive chief executives failed to steer the group effectively or evolve the business. Thomas Cook had five offers for its airline business yet these were rejected by the Board."

The Government also published a written statement on Thomas Cook.

Image: PA Clara Margais

Follow the @HouseofCommons on Twitter for updates on the UK House of Commons Chamber.

Please fill in our quick feedback survey to help us improve our news content.

More news on: Parliament, government and politics, Parliament, House of Commons news, Parliamentary procedure, Commons news

Share this page

Related information

  • What are statements?

    Government Ministers may make oral statements to Parliament which usually address major incidents, government policies or actions. These take place after Oral Questions and any granted Urgent Questions. Written statements are normally used to put the day-to-day business of government on the official record and in the public domain.

  • How to watch proceedings from the public gallery

    UK residents and overseas visitors can watch proceedings in the House of Commons by visiting the public gallery.

More Parliament news