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Hotels: Fire Prevention

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) whether he has made an assessment of the effects of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 on the bed and breakfast industry; and if he will make a statement; (258179)

(2) whether he has made an assessment of the effects of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 on the tourism industry; and if he will make a statement.

Since the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 took effect in October 2006 there has been no specific assessment made of the impact on the sustainability of either bed and breakfast businesses or the tourism industry. However, Communities and Local Government (CLG), in consultation with both the industry and this Department, recently published a guide for small accommodation providers to help them comply with the new regulations. CLG will be monitoring the effects of the booklet and will be sharing this information with my Department in due course.