HC Deb 19 November 1987 vol 122 cc622-3W
Mr. Gregory

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment, pursuant to his reply of 13 July,Official Report, column 349, what is the latest information on the numbers of establishments accepted for Crown hotel classification in each category; how many hotels have failed to meet the specification; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Lee

According to the English Tourist Board, the information as at 20 October 1987 is as follows:

Category Number
Listed 2,042
1 Crown 580
2 Crowns 2,802
3 Crowns 1,709
4 Crowns 1,134
5 Crowns 236
Total 8,503

Of those establishments which have applied, 105 have failed to meet the criteria for registration.

The English Tourist Board, in conjunction with the Wales Tourist Board, proposes to consult the industry about improvements to the scheme, including the introduction of an element of qualitative assessment.

A consultation document outlining a range of options for the future development of the scheme is being prepared.