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School holidays: Trips cost 'four times more' during breaks

24 February 2014 Last updated at 23:06 GMT

MPs have suggested "staggering" school term dates and giving teachers more discretion on absences during a debate on the cost of holidays.

It was sparked by a petition which calls for price caps to stop holiday firms "cashing in" on the school holidays.

No MP backed price regulation during the Westminster Hall debate, and the government also rejected the idea.

Travel writer Simon Calder told the BBC some holidays can cost between 50-400% more, during term breaks.