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Shadow Pubs Minister tells government: “You must come clean on plans for pubs”

Toby Perkins MP: "Derbyshire-produced food and drink is important to the local economy"

Labour’s Shadow Pubs Minister, Toby Perkins MP, has reacted with alarm to suggestions in this weekend’s press (read more here) that the Tory-led government is about to walk away from commitments given to Parliament in January that they would be introducing a new statutory code for large pub companies, known as PubCos.

At a debate on 9 January 2013 the Secretary of State for Business, Vince Cable confirmed the government would introduce statutory regulation and begin the process of consultation in the spring.

But a report in the Mail on Sunday on 7 April suggest that has been over-ruled by the Chancellor George Osborne.  This report appeared in the week when the consultation was due to begin but as the consultation has not started, the concerns of those in the pub trade have been heightened.

As Shadow Pubs Minister, Toby Perkins MP has written to the Secretary of State to demand answers.

Vince Cable letter – 12 April 2013.

Labour has consistently supported the calls of the BIS Select Committee for statutory of the relationship between pubcos and licencees and have worked closely with a broad coalition of groups in the pub trade who have all supported this call.

This group includes:

  • CAMRA
  • the Federation of Small Businesses
  • the BIS Select Committee – which has a majority of coalition members
  • the Liberal Democrat Member for Leeds North West
  • the Conservative Member for Northampton South
  • the All Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group
  • UNITE the Union
  • the Independent Pub Confederation
  • Fair Pint
  • the GMB Union
  • the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers
  • the Guild of Master Victuallers
  • the Society of Independent Brewers
  • the Forum of Private Business

The group has been shocked by the possibility of a u-turn and is seeking clarity from the government.

Toby Perkins said:

“The number of weekly pub closures has recently reached 18 and I am on the side of licencees and the millions of Great British pub goers who believed the government would stand by them.  It would be a devastating blow to the pub trade if coalition ranglings meant these much needed reforms were not brought forward.

“I have therefore written to Dr Cable to demand that he clears up the situation for all concerned.”

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