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Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of bed and breakfast establishments in (a) rural areas and (b) urban areas in each year since 1997. (255743)

I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated February 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning what estimate has been made of the number of bed and breakfast establishments in (a) rural areas and (b) urban areas in each year since 1997 (255743).

The main source of business count estimates is the Inter-Departmental Business Register (IDBR). The IDBR comprises of VAT and/or PAYE registered businesses, however most bed and breakfast establishments will fall below the threshold for VAT and PAYE registration and so will be excluded.

The table below covers those enterprises registered for VAT and/or PAYE held on the IDBR and classified, using the Standard Industrial Classification (2003), to subclass 5523/9 “other tourist or short stay accommodation”. This subclass includes guest houses, farmhouses, inns with letting rooms and other facilities not elsewhere classified. Statistics on urban and rural geography are only available for England and Wales and from 2005 onwards.

Count of VAT and/or PAYE based Enterprises in England and Wales by SIC2003 subclass 5523/9 and Urban/Rural split

Data as at March of the year specified

Rural

Urban

Total

2005

515

840

1,355

2006

560

870

1,430

2007

600

890

1,490

2008

665

950

1,615

Note:

All figures have been rounded to avoid disclosure.