Statutory code: Shadow pubs minister predicts no action this Parliament

By Ellie Bothwell

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Toby Perkins: 'It really is becoming a joke'
Toby Perkins: 'It really is becoming a joke'
The Government will not introduce a statutory code on the pubco-tenant relationship this Parliament, Labour’s shadow pubs minister has predicted.

In an exclusive interview with the Publican’s Morning Advertiser​, Toby Perkins MP said the Government’s delay in a response on the consultation on a statutory code is “becoming a joke”.

Paralysis

“I don’t see anything happening this Parliament,” he said. “The last debate in Parliament was in January, when we were told it was ‘coming soon’, so it really is becoming a joke.

“The original consultation closed in late July so it has had almost a year to consider all the information.

“I know there were a lot of consultation responses but they can’t have been that surprising. The Government seems to be paralysed between two different opinions and unable to make a decision.”

Last year, Perkins predicted that the Government would introduce a statutory code, but fall short of acting on the beer tie or rents.

Leading analyst Nigel Parson, of Dryburgh Research, said in March that it’s “increasingly unlikely” that tenanted pub companies will be subject to legislation this Parliament.

However, a spokeswoman from the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills responded saying there is “still sufficient time in this Parliament to implement our final proposals”.

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