Impact assessment

ATOL reforms using primary legislation

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

An impact assessment for Air Travel Organiser's Licensing reforms.



This impact assessment (IA) is concerned with further reforms to the Air Travel Organiser’s Licensing (ATOL) scheme, additional to those set out in the other recent IA on this subject. The reforms in that IA can be implemented through secondary legislation, namely new ATOL reform regulations. The reforms outlined in this IA would require new primary legislation to broaden the scope of the Secretary of State’s powers to make regulations about the ATOL scheme. Such powers are included in the Civil Aviation Bill, introduced to Parliament in January 2012. Subject to the parliamentary process, when the bill becomes law, new regulations would need to be made to actually give effect to the reforms if the government took the decision to proceed with this approach.