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Policyholders Protection Board

Volume 939: debated on Friday 18 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade, whom he proposes to appoint to the Policyholders Protection Board when the existing appointments expire on 18th November 1977.

Under his powers in the Policyholders Protection Act 1975 my right hon. Friend has made the following appointments to the Board, to be effective from 19th November 1977 to 18th November 1979:operation of the voluntary code of booking practice in the hotel industry; if he has any further proposals for an extension of this code of practice into other facets of the hotel industry; and if he has received representations from any sector of the hotel industry that a voluntary licensing system of hotels should be introduced.

I welcome the progress which has been made so far by the hotel industry in operating the voluntary code of booking practice. I expect that it will be adopted still more widely in 1978 in its first full season of operation, by when 1 hope it will be reinforced by an order which I expect to lay shortly before the House regarding disclosure of prices in reception areas. I have received no recent representation from the hotel industry about licensing, but hotels can already register voluntarily with the three national Tourist Boards. I have no immediate plans for any extension of the code.