§ Mr. Ainger
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what has been(a) the range of estimated annual costs and (b) his Department's estimate of the cost to a typical self-catering accommodation business made by the consultees to his draft Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 1992 consultation document; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Leigh
[holding answer 2 February 1993]: Consultees variously estimated the overall cost of purchasing new furniture to be in the range of £1,000 to £3,000, but gave no information on the basis of their estimates. The Department's estimate of the cost of purchasing new furniture to replace non-complying furniture is £850 for a self-catering unit accommodating four persons and is fully set out in the compliance cost assessment which was made available to all consultees.