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Fire Services: Hotels

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to collect data on the number of fires in bed and breakfast establishments as a separate category from all existing accommodation premises; and if she will make a statement. (228454)

The new Incident Recording System, to which all Fire and Rescue Services will be submitting data from 2009-10, includes a category of building of ‘Boarding House/Bed and Breakfast’.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to review the implementation by fire and rescue authorities of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, in respect of its operation regarding bed and breakfast establishments. (228455)

We are at present carrying out an interim evaluation of the impact that the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 has had on the enforcers, responsible persons and the fire safety industry since it took effect in October 2006. This will gather qualitative information from a range of responsible persons within the business sector, including from small accommodation providers.

We will publish the evaluation report when it becomes available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions she has had with (a) the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, (b) fire and rescue authorities and (c) representatives of tourism organisations in England on the implementation of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005; and if she will make a statement. (228459)

My predecessor met with the Minister for Tourism and representatives from VisitBritain on 21 July to discuss issues around implementation of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

My officials have also worked closely with officials in the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport, representatives of tourism organisations in England and with the Chief Fire Officers Association to produce tailored information on the Order specifically for responsible persons in the small, independent accommodation sector. We aim to publish this information shortly.