§ Mr. Nigel Griffiths
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will estimate(a) the number of bed and breakfast establishments in Scotland, (b) the number which operate commercially for less than 100 nights per annum, (c) the number which have six or fewer beds for commercial let and (d) the number which meet both the criteria set out in categories (b) and (c) above.
§ Mr. Lang
[holding answer 5 March 1990]: In order to be eligible for the rating exemption announced by my right hon. and learned Friend last week, bed and breakfast establishments must operate for fewer than 100 nights per annum or have six or fewer beds for commercial let.
The information requested is as follows and is taken from the register of the Scottish Tourist Board compiled for the purposes of taking an entry in the board's "Where to Stay" guides:
Number (a) Number of establishments 3,846 (b) Number which operate commercially for less than three months1 per year 68 (c) Number which have six or fewer beds 2,943 (d) Number which meet criteria at both (b) and (c) 45 1 For the purposes of the board guides, establishments are described as open for a given number of months in the year. No information is available on the number of days of opening.