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Petition Allow international travel with a lateral flow test result

Instead of making holiday makers fork out for PCR tests to allow the travel industry to open. Allow the lateral flow tests to be used as they are much cheaper and results in 30 minutes. Can be taken at the airport / terminal.

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Consider allowing the use of lateral flow tests to enable travel abroad. PCR tests are very costly and as the travel industry is already on its knees, it’ll be a better and cheaper option to allow the travel corridors to reopen.

If lateral flow tests are being used to allow schools, colleges, universities and other work places to reopen safely then surely they should be sufficient for the travel industry too?

If a lateral flow test shows positive, then have a PCR as current government guidance

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MPs to debate the aviation, travel and tourism industries

On Thursday 10 June, MPs will debate the Aviation, Travel and Tourism Industries in the main House of Commons Chamber.

This will be a general debate. General debates allow MPs to debate important issues, however they do not end in a vote nor can they change the law.

The debate will begin following questions to Ministers and Ministerial statements.

Watch the debate:
https://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/2e811f25-7a77-438d-9a60-dbea42b4c6e8

You can also read a transcript of the debate a few hours after it has finished:
https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2021-06-10

Find out more about how Parliamentary debates work:
https://www.parliament.uk/about/how/business/debates/

Support for the aviation, travel and tourism industries to be debated by MPs

On Thursday 24 June, MPs will debate support for the aviation, travel and tourism industries in Westminster Hall.

This is a general debate that has been scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee, which gives opportunities to backbench Members of Parliament to bring forward debates of their choice. General debates allow MPs to debate important issues. However they do not end in a vote nor can they change the law.

Watch the debate (from 3.15pm, Thurs 24 June): https://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/73a555bf-9c83-4387-9bbb-30677002d3c4

Read a transcript of the debate (available a few hours after it has finished): https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2021-06-24

Government debate on the aviation, travel and tourism industries

This debate follows an earlier debate that the Government scheduled on the aviation, travel and tourism industries. The Government's debate took place in the main House of Commons chamber on Thursday 10 June.

Watch the debate scheduled by the Government: https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/2e811f25-7a77-438d-9a60-dbea42b4c6e8?in=14:00:20

Read a transcript of the debate scheduled by the Government: https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2021-06-10/debates/0922563F-114D-4D63-86F5-707A8DC2B434/AviationTravelAndTourismIndustries

What are Westminster Hall debates?

Westminster Hall is the second Chamber of the House of Commons. Westminster Hall debates give MPs an opportunity to raise local or national issues and receive a response from a Government Minister. Any MP can take part in a Westminster Hall debate.

Find out more about how Parliamentary debates work:
https://www.parliament.uk/about/how/business/debates/

MPs question Government on plans for international travel

On Tuesday 29 June, MPs questioned the Government about plans for international travel.

You can watch the questions and the Government's response on Parliament TV: https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/bbac374c-b46f-477f-bac9-e0fdbbf9f949?in=13:28:25

You can read the questions and the Government's response on the Hansard website: https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2021-06-29/debates/65D669AA-8596-45BA-93C7-19E206117C21/InternationalTravel

Why was the Government questioned about plans for international travel?

If an urgent or important matter arises which an MP believes requires an immediate answer from a government minister, they may apply to ask an urgent question.

Jim McMahon MP applied to ask the Government about plans for international travel, and this request was granted by the Speaker.

Find out more about Urgent Questions here:
https://www.parliament.uk/about/how/business/urgent-questions/

MPs question the Government on international travel rules

On Monday 20 September, MPs questioned the Government on international travel, following a statement by the Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps MP on the Government's rules for international travel, including Covid-19 testing requirements.

Read the Secretary of State's statement, and question from MPs: https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2021-09-20/debates/42EC0566-BBD2-4620-8E7E-3F2C95E7CB5A/InternationalTravel

In his statement the Minister confirmed that the Government was removing the requirement for fully vaccinated passengers to take a pre-departure test if not travelling from a red list country, and later in October, would be moving away from day 2 PCR testing to a new system of lateral flow tests for fully vaccinated passengers.

Find out more about the changes to international travel rules: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-system-for-international-travel

What are ministerial statements?

Ministerial statements are a way for Ministers to bring an important matter to the attention of the House, often at short notice. After making a statement the Minister responds to questions on its topic from MPs.

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