Business minister insists pubco action would be 'proportionate'

By John Harrington

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Jenny Willott MP has pledged a repsonse on pubco reform as soon as the Government can
Jenny Willott MP has pledged a repsonse on pubco reform as soon as the Government can
A Government minister has stressed that any intervention in the tenanted pub company model would be “proportionate and targeted” and a response will be published “as soon as we can”.

Business minister Jenny Willott was asked in Parliament about where a timetable has been adopted for the introduction of a statutory code and adjudicator in the pub sector.

In response to Save the Pub group chair Greg Mulholland's question, Willott said: “Between April and June 2013 the Government consulted on proposals to establish a statutory code of practice and an independent adjudicator, which are aimed at supporting pub tenants. The Government received over one thousand one hundred written responses to the consultation on pub companies and their tenants and over seven thousand responses to the online survey conducted in parallel.

“We are considering the evidence carefully, to ensure that intervention is both proportionate and targeted, and we intend to publish a Government Response to the consultation as soon as we can.”

Grilling

Mulholland also quizzed Leader of the House, Andrew Lansley about why a statutory code had not yet been introduced.

Lansley insisted the Government was still considering the responses to the consultation, adding: "It will not surprise [Mr Mulholland] to learn that I am not in any position to pre-empt the contents of the Queen’s Speech, in which the issues relating to future legislation will be clarified."

Campaigners for pubco reform met at Westminster this week to lobby the Government for change.

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