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Fire Prevention: Hotels

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance (a) his Department and (b) the chief fire officer has provided to fire authorities on consistency in the application of fire safety assessments to hotels and bed and breakfast accommodation. (319218)

We have not provided guidance to fire and rescue authorities on consistency of enforcement in any premises covered by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO).

It is for individual FRAs to determine their own audit and enforcement priorities under the FSO, based on their assessment of risk within their communities.

The National Framework 2008-11 makes it clear that we expect fire and rescue authorities to be mindful of the need to take an open and proportionate approach to their audit and enforcement functions in accordance with the principles of good enforcement set out in the Enforcement Concordat and the Regulators' Compliance Code, to which FRAs are required to have regard.

The Department worked in partnership with representatives of small accommodation providers and the Chief Fire Officers Association to develop information for small accommodation providers on the compliance requirements of the FSO. “Do you have paying guests?” was published in November 2008 and provides practical information for the owners of these type of businesses and the fire and rescue services on what is likely to represent proportionate fire safety measures in these types of premises.