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Hotels: Fires

Volume 490: debated on Monday 23 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to assist small hospitality accommodation providers in implementing fire safety risk assessments. (265714)

Department for Communities and Local Government in consultation with DCMS and VisitBritain, recently published 'Do You Have Paying Guests' which provided additional information to help small accommodation providers comply with fire safety legislation. The booklet seeks to address specific difficulties that the hospitality industry, specifically B and Bs, guest houses and self catering properties, have faced in understanding the new rules. It is designed to encourage compliance, by giving the owners of these businesses practical advice on reducing fire risks in their establishments. It explains the risk assessment process, sets out sources of further advice and guidance and offer some practical information for owners on what may represent appropriate and proportionate fire safety measures in these types of premises.