A new European Union (EU) directive might offer better levels of support to British travellers who are affected by crime, the House of Commons has heard.
While travel insurance can traditionally help those whose holiday plans go awry, justice secretary Ken Clarke suggested that UK travellers in Europe might get fairer treatment if standardised rules were introduced in the EU to deal with crime victims.
As part of a debate on the issue, Mr Clarke said UK residents are increasingly travelling around the EU.
However, discussing the present situation facing crime victims, he added: "If a British citizen is unfortunate to fall victim of crime in another member state, I don't think they always receive the level of support they would expect in similar circumstances in the UK."
A draft directive is currently being proposed to offer crime victims in Europe minimum levels of protection and support and basic rights.
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