Tie debate set for Save the Pub Group meeting

By Ewan Turney

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Mulholland: keen for debate
Mulholland: keen for debate
The Parliamentary Save the Pub Group is to host a debate n codes of practice and the beer tie.

The Parliamentary Save the Pub Group is to host a debate between signatories to the British Beer and Pub Association's Framework Code of Practice and members of the Independent Pub Confederation.

The debate will focus on the progress made by the pub companies in addressing concerns over the operation of the beer tie and whether a statutory code is now necessary ahead of the Business Innovation and Skills Committee meeting on 28 June and 5 July to review progress.

The Save the Pub Group, chaired by pubco critic Greg Mulholland, has invited the BBPA, BII, Punch Taverns, Enterprise Inns and the Federation of Licensed Victuallers Associations to attend the meeting alongside members of the IPC including Fair Pint, Federation of Small Businesses, the Campaign for Real Ale and the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers.

"Now that we have got to June and the Government's deadline for self reform we are now turning our focus to what needs to happen next and whether a statutory code of practice is necessary," said Mulholland.

"It is important that we hear from all sides of this debate an assessment on what progress has occurred and how this relates to the criteria set out by the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee and the Government. This will help Ministers decide whether action will be required in this area."

The debate will take place on Tuesday 7 June at 530pm.

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