Written Ministerial Statement to the House, by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, 18 September 2003.
Travel support for the relatives of British terrorist victims.
1. Last week we remembered the victims of the September 11th
terrorist attacks, two years ago. In a few weeks, we shall be marking the first
anniversary of the
2. These measures are:
Return economy airfares to the airport nearest the site of the incident for two members of the victims family.
Accommodation for three to five nights
Travel insurance as appropriate and where available
Local Travel including transfers from airport to local hotel
Repatriation of bodies or remains
Immediate medical expenses of those killed or injured
Medical evacuation of those killed or injured to the nearest hospital.
Return luggage costs of those killed or injured
3. The provision of the exact package, and the
details of the assistance offered to the families will, of course, depend on
the particular circumstances, including whether any of the costs are already
covered by existing insurance policies. As a matter of course, we provide
consular advice and support, both in
4. None of these measures can ever take away the pain and suffering which families will experience in these most horrendous of circumstances, but we sincerely hope they will at least remove some of the practical and administrative burdens from them, when trying to cope with the trauma of the incident.