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Hotels: Regulation

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the size of the regulatory burden for (a) bed and breakfast establishments and (b) hotels; and if he will make a statement. (250493)

Visit Britain (VB) have advised that during the British Tourism framework review, they received a number of submissions from stakeholders in the tourism sector about the burden of regulation. The cost is not quantified, and, indeed, individual regulations are rarely mentioned other than the ‘overall’ effect. However, there has been a clear sense of concern among accommodation providers about fire risk assessments introduced by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

The former Minister for Tourism, my right hon. Friend the Member for Barking (Margaret Hodge), met with the then Fire Minister, Parmjit Dhanda and one of VB's quality managers to press the case for clearer interpretation of rules across fire authorities and it was agreed that DCLG would look at it again and issue new guidance.

DCLG have provided a new guidance briefing for accommodation providers. VB is delivering these with its magazine, “Quality Edge”, which was circulated on Monday 19 January to businesses that are quality assessed by VB.