LEEDS CO-OP has announced that it will be contacting the Government to try to outlaw single room supplements in the holiday trade following its Annual Members' Meeting.
The society has been campaigning to end single room supplements for a number of years and during 2001 it presented a petition to the Government calling for a ban on the practice on the grounds that it discriminates against single travellers.
According to Alan Gill, Chief Executive at Leeds Co-op, the DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) has said that it would monitor the situation to see if the industry was taking action.
"That was over a year ago now," said Mr Gill. "Now it is time we put some pressure on the Government to tell us what progress has been made to end this discriminatory practice by the major tour operators."
The announcement came when a Leeds Co-op member asked what was being done to end single supplements during a debate at the annual meeting.
During the discussion it was noted that some tour operators had started to abolish single supplements but that the majority of package tour operators still charged the supplement for single travellers.
Alan Gill told the meeting that he would contact the Government to reiterate the society's view that these supplements should be outlawed and that further campaigning might be necessary after he has been in contact with civil servants and politicians.
The results of the election for the Society's Board of Directors was also announced at the meeting and it was confirmed that the following would be elected to serve for three-year terms: David Boynton, June Cavell, Alan Proctor and David Schofield.
According to Alan Gill the turnout in the election was one of the highest ever seen: "Over 26 per cent of our members cast their vote during the election for directors, this is the highest recorded turnout in any recent Leeds Co-op election."
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