B&Bs face closure if standards are not raised

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Pubs that offer accommodation could face closure if they fail to come up to scratch as part of a Government crackdown on standards in the tourist...

Pubs that offer accommodation could face closure if they fail to come up to scratch as part of a Government crackdown on standards in the tourist industry.

Culture secretary Tessa Jowell has warned that standards must be raised after a survey of visitors showed that 44 per cent of those who stayed in London's B&Bs believed the accommodation was either "poor or extremely poor".

This comes at a bad time for the industry, which faces a £2bn loss in the next few months alone because of the drastic fall in the numbers of tourists.

But a spokesman for the British Hospitality Association (BHA) said that some of the cheaper accommodation was bound to be poor.

"Out of 300,000 accommodation outlets across the country there are bound to be a few that are poor, some that are good and some that are very good," he said.

"People get what they pay for, not everybody wants expensive accommodation."

This focus on accommodation forms part of the Government's plan to streamline current regulations on health and safety, fire safety and food hygiene into one which would mean just one inspection for most premises.

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