HC Deb 24 May 1994 vol 244 cc96-7W
Mr. Allason

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what size of hotel will be required to register as a DSS hostel under the new regulations;

(2) when he expects to publish the new regulations concerning the registration of hotels and bed-and-breakfast establishments which now accommodate DSS benefit claimants;

(3) what criteria he will include when determining which bed-and-breakfast establishments will require registration;

(4) which Department will be responsible for the registration of DSS hostels.

Mr. Baldry

As my right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister indicated on 5 May,Official Report, column 843, we are considering introducing a licensing scheme for hostels. We are currently considering how such a scheme might operate, and to which properties it might apply. Any scheme will require primary legislation.