MP calls for pubco debate

By James Wilmore

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Pub supporting MP Greg Mulholland has called for a House of Commons debate to discuss pub closures and the behaviour of pubcos.Speaking in Parliament...

Pub supporting MP Greg Mulholland has called for a House of Commons debate to discuss pub closures and the behaviour of pubcos.

Speaking in Parliament yesterday, the Lib Dem MP for Leeds North West, said: "Last year alone, bankruptcies among pub landlords increased sevenfold—and that was before the current economic difficulties. The treatment of some licensees is quite disgraceful.

"Can this important matter, which is of relevance to every Member, be debated so that hon. Members can contribute and give their own experiences?"

Mulholland, a regular columnist for The Publican​, was told he should raise the matter at Department for Culture, Media and Sport questions on Monday.

His plea comes just over a week before an MP-led parliamentary review of pubco power kicks-off. An Enterprise lessee, campaign group Fair Pint and the Federation of Small Businesses are among those invited to speak at the first session on Tuesday, November 18.

The pubcos - likely to be Enterprise Inns and Punch Taverns - are due to have their chance to respond on December 9.

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