§ Mr. Peter Ainsworth
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has to publicise the launch of the new rating scheme for hotel accommodation; and when it will take place. 
§ Janet Anderson
[holding answer 4 May 1999]: The Government have asked the English Tourist Board, which will shortly become the English Tourism Council, to arrange the consumer launch of the new harmonised schemes for hotel and guest accommodation, working closely with the AA and the RAC. Preparatory inspections will shortly be complete and the launch is planned for September. We support these arrangements to ensure wide awareness of the benefits of the new schemes.