§ Mr. David Atkinson
asked the Paymaster General when he expects to introduce the new hotel classification system in England.
§ Mr. Trippier
The English Tourist Board announced the introduction in England of the new voluntary classification system for tourist accommodation on 14 537W October. The new arrangements, which will also operate in Scotland and Wales, are being introduced immediately but will not fully supersede the existing scheme until 1 January 1987. Details of the new system are currently being circulated to the industry by the English Tourist Board. The Government fully support the new arrangements, which we believe will provide a better guarantee of standards without the need for statutory regulation and we hope that the scheme will be widely supported by the tourist industry.