Mulholland calls for timetable on pubco reform

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Mulholland calls for timetable on pubco reform
Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group, Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland, has called for a ministerial statement on the floor of the House of Commons, so the Government can lay out its timetable for reform of the beer tie.

His call comes in the wake of the damning Business Innovation and Skills Select Committee (BISC) Report, which claimed industry self-regulation had failed and there should be a statutory code of practice for tenanted pubcos. BISC chairman Adrian Bailey said that the “deep seated” problems between tenants and pubcos have not been sufficiently addressed.

The leader of the House Sir George Young said he would pass on Mulholland's concerns to ministers at BIS.

Currently, trade associations are meeting with BIS ministers about the way forward in the wake of the report. Last week, British Beer & Pub Association chief executive Brigid Simmonds and Enterprise Inns chief operating officer, Simon Townsend, met with BIS minister Ed Davey to discuss the issue.

Mulholland said: “The BISC chair, Adrian Bailey MP, recommended that a timetable for a consultation for the Government must be set out as a matter of urgency. It is therefore hugely important that the Government now come forward and lay out what their intentions are in beginning the process to take this forward.”

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