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HMO SAFETY STANDARDS CAUSE TORY DIVISION (HANSARD)

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A Tory MP has warned that he will oppose any attempt by ministers to resist a licensing system for bed and breakfas...
A Tory MP has warned that he will oppose any attempt by ministers to resist a licensing system for bed and breakfast hotels, the Yorkshire Post reported (12 July).

John Sykes (Scarborough) was commenting after housing minister Sir George Young announced to Parliament that the government is to consult on proposals aimed at preventing the recurrence of fires like the recent hostel blaze in Scarborough.

In a written answer, Sir George outlined measures already available to monitor safety standards in houses of mulitiple occupation (8 July, col327).

'Local authorities already have considerable powers to improve standards in HMOs, and to establish HMO registration schemes. They also have a statutory duty to ensure adequate fire safety standards in the larger HMOs.'

However, the minister for housing explained that ministers are 'anxious to avoid regulation unless it can be clearly demonstrated that such regulation is both essential and practical'.
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