To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport
(1) what plans his Department has to review its plans for the National Quality Assessment Scheme in England following the adjudication of the Advertising Standards Authority in respect of complaint reference A11-16687 by Kwikchex Ltd;
(2) what steps his Department is taking to ensure that visitors to the UK are provided with accurate and impartially-assessed information on the standards and quality of tourist accommodation; and if he will make a statement;
(3) if he will make it his policy to ensure that overseas visitors to all parts of the UK are given the option of accessing information on the quality and standard of tourist accommodation to a standard equivalent to VisitScotland's Quality Assurance scheme.
I refer the hon. Member to the answers I gave him on
Until the end of March 2012, the Enjoyengland.com and Visitbritain.com websites will list all star-rated accommodation in England and the UK respectively. From April 2012, VisitEngland ratings will be searchable on:
http://www.theAA.com where ratings can be checked, as do VisitScotland, Visit Wales and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. Many third party commercial websites also choose to display official star ratings and Quality in Tourism and the AA will continue to supply ratings data on a regular basis.