Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham PPS (Mr Mike O'Brien, Solicitor General), Law Officers' Department

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what Government initiatives are in place to improve standards in UK tourism accommodation.

Photo of Shaun Woodward Shaun Woodward Minister of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Creative Industries & Tourism)

Raising the quality of tourist accommodation across the UK is a high priority for DCMS, which has over the last four years sponsored work to improve and standardise the national accommodation grading schemes run by VisitBritain, VisitScotland, VisitWales, and the Automobile Association.

The Department's consultation on the Tourism Strategy for the 2012 Olympic games and Paralympic games, which continues until November 17, seeks responses on increasing the proportion of accommodation providers which participate in grading schemes. The Department is also currently in discussion with the Office of Government Commerce about all Government Departments using only accommodation assessed under the improved schemes for official travel, (where this is operationally possible,) and within the constraints of competition law.

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