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PM David Cameron faces a revolt over the pubco-tenant relationship

By Michelle Perrett , 07-Jan-2013

Related topics: Pub industry statutory code, General News

PM  David Cameron faces a Commons revolt this week over his failure to help Britain’s struggling pubs, The Sunday Mirror has reported.

According to the newspaper the PM and Lib Dem deputy Nick Clegg fear rebel MPs will back Labour demands for a crackdown on pub companies over their relationships with tenants. 

On Wednesday Labour shadow pubs minister Toby Perkins will demand the Government imposes a new code of conduct on pub companies. Labour will conduct an opposition debate in the House of Commons on Wednesday demanding a statutory code of practice.

Writing in the Sunday Mirror ,  Perkins called on Business Secretary Vince Cable to keep his promise to stand up to the pub giants and act to stop the soaring number of pub closures.

Perkins said: “It’s high time the Government finally stands up to the big pubcos. That’s why Labour have called this important debate.”

However, according to a report in The Mail on Sunday the British Beer and Pub Association said plans by Labour to introduce a legally binding code of practice for the pub industry would bring in “unnecessary and costly bureaucracy”.

A BBPA spokesman said: “These figures counter the claim that tenanted and leased pubs are closing at a faster rate than independent or free trade pubs. We will be making this argument strongly with MPs in the run-up to Wednesday’s Opposition Day debate.”

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