Campaign group Fair Pint has claimed that MPs' decision today to give pubcos until June 2011 to reform will "deliver nothing but further misery for the industry".
In a statement, the group said it was "concerned" that the Business Innovation and Skills committee had given pubcos "another 14 months to put their house in order".
"The committee's report is another condemnation of the structure of the industry and the behaviour of the pub companies," the statement said.
"The committee has made it clear that they stand behind their criticisms of the industry in last year's report and they have 'grave doubts about the industry's willingness to do enough voluntarily to prevent statutory or regulatory intervention'."
It pointed out that pubcoss were given time by the Trade and Industry Committee in 2004 and the BIS committee last year.
"The response of the pub companies to these reports and the collapse of the industry mediation last summer has made it very clear they are unwilling to make meaningful voluntary concessions," the group added.
"We therefore believe that the decision to give them more time will deliver nothing but further misery for the industry."