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Second Reading for New Bill on Consumer Protection

A Bill to give holidaymakers more protection if a travel company goes out of business was debated in the House of Commons this week when it got its second reading.

The Government is promising that from next year, holidaymakers who book trips online will get new protection so they are not left stranded abroad or lose money.

Prime Minister Theresa May said: "Technology has transformed the way people book holidays, and this Bill will mean the ATOL scheme can keep pace both now and in the future.

"Whether you book a well-earned getaway on the internet or the high Street should not make a difference to knowing you won't be stranded or left out-of-pocket if something goes wrong."

She said holidays will be protected when consumers book a flight and are then directed by the airline to a separate company to book accommodation within 24 hours.

A statement from the Government said the Bill will also make it easier for UK businesses to sell air holidays across the EU, as they can offer consumers in Europe the same protection they offer in the UK.

The new legislation extends ATOL protection to passengers who book flights, hotels or car hire that are not sold as package holidays.

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