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Hotels And Restaurants

Volume 934: debated on Tuesday 28 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade with which representative bodies in the hotel and catering industry he has recently met, other than statutory bodies such as the tourist boards or the British Tourist Authority; what matters were discussed; and when he next intends to arrange to meet commercial interests representative of the industry.

My right hon. Friend has not held any such meeting since the occasion mentioned in his answer of 25th March to the hon. Member. I have a series of early meetings planned with representative interests having local concern in the development of tourism, including the consultations announced in my right hon. Friend's reply to the Question from my hon. Friend the Member for Kingston upon Hull, Central (Mr. McNamara) on 20th May. My Department is naturally regularly in touch with commercial interests representative of the industry on a variety of topics.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what further steps he has taken concerning the proposals statutorily to register hotel and guesthouse accommodation, in view of the activities of so-called pirate operators competing unfairly with small hotels and guesthouses.

I am well aware that competition from casual accommodation at the height of the season is a source of anxiety to some regular proprietors. With my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland and my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Wales I am reviewing the operation of a voluntary registration scheme having regard to all relevant factors.