David Martin MEP

Labour Member of the European Parliament and one of the six MEPs representing Scotland in Brussels and Strasbourg

Labour MEP: time for new rights for Scottish holidaymakers

People from Scotland who buy package holidays should be given stronger rights according to Scotland’s senior MEP David Martin.


Labour MEPs will vote today to give greater protection to Scotland’s holidaymakers by pushing for stronger rights for people who buy package deals.

Euro-MPs are expected to back new consumer rights, including the ability to transfer packages to another person, cancel a package more easily and have easier recourse to compensation in the event of insolvency.

If the Labour-backed proposals secure the support of the European Parliament tomorrow they will then be put to ministers from national governments, whose support will be needed for the new requirements to become law.

Under the proposals organisers of package holidays will also be responsible for the performance of all the travel services included in the package - such as flights, hotels and car hire - and in cases where the holiday is not as stated in the contract then the organiser will be obliged to provide assistance and made to supply alternative arrangements.

Mr Martin said:

“We will vote to close loopholes and give consumers more rights in the event that their holidays are disrupted, clarifying rules and making clear to travel companies their duty of care to holidaymakers.

"As well as these improvements on package holidays, there will also be more rights for people who book holidays through a linked booking process - where passengers purchase third party hotels and car hire while booking flights.

"In these cases, people will now be told exactly which company is responsible if something goes wrong, bringing greater clarity which in many cases is currently lacking."

David Martin added:

“This week’s vote is the latest example of MEPs working to further consumer rights across Europe, and follows last month’s European Parliament vote backing more rights for air passengers.”


1. The proposals are due to be voted by MEPs today (Tuesday 11 March 2014) but will only become law if they also receive the backing of national ministers from the EU’s 28 member states.

2. In February, Labour MEPs voted for stronger rights for air passengers. These include new rights for passengers who have been denied boarding, been subject to long delays, or have misspelt names on their tickets, and legislation to stop airlines avoiding paying compensation for delays by claiming the problem was outside their control. For more information go to:


The Labour Party will place cookies on your computer to help us make this website better.

Please read this to review the updates about which cookies we use and what information we collect on our site.

To find out more about these cookies, see our privacy notice. Use of this site confirms your acceptance of these cookies.