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Tourism

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what recent assessment he has made of the level of associated expenditure in local economies from visitors in self-catering accommodation; (306004)

(2) what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the repeal of the furnished holiday lettings rules on the quality of tourism products and services.

[holding answer 10 December 2009]: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has not made any recent assessment of the associated expenditure in local economies from visitors to self-catering businesses.

In respect of the repeal of the furnished holiday lettings rules, the tourism industry has undertaken its own evaluation of the impact on rural and seaside communities, in which most self-catering operators are located. I am aware of the industry's concerns, but any assessment of changes in the taxation arrangements affecting such businesses is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Chancellor. An impact assessment was published alongside the draft regulations on 9 December.

I am also aware of the industry's concerns that the furnished holiday lettings rule changes will impact on the ability of self-catering operators to invest in and maintain their properties. I am continuing to discuss this matter with the Treasury.