Future of pubs discussed at cross-party meeting

By Lesley Foottit

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Three pro-pub MPs had a "positive" meeting with a key minister who will decide whether to take action on the beer tie. Three members of the...

Three pro-pub MPs had a "positive" meeting with a key minister who will decide whether to take action on the beer tie.

Three members of the All-Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group also discussed the Office of Fair Trading's latest consultation on the Campaign for Real Ale's super-complaint on the tie in the meeting with Business minister Kevin Brennan.

Among the MPs was Group chairman Greg Mullholland (Liberal Democrat) plus vice chair Brian Binley (Conservative) and David Drew MP (Labour).

"We had a positive meeting and I feel that the minister is aware of the issues and the growing pressure to seriously reform the industry," said Mulholland.

"It is clear that the industry cannot reform itself and the so called UK Pub Industry code published by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) is nothing of the sort, it is a non-binding code that applies only to the BBPA's own members, the big pub companies and breweries! So that means that the Government will need to consider acting once the OFT has concluded its investigation.

"I would also like to call on publicans to submit evidence to the OFT regarding the operation of the beer tie so that this practice can be seriously overhauled and investigated by the Competition Commission. It is important that publicans' and consumers views are put across".

The Save the Pub Group is campaigning for a fairer deal for tenants.

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