Business Secretary Vince Cable has confirmed that the Government will respond to the Business, Innovation & Skills Committee’s (BISC) report into pubcos at the end November. Cable made the statement this morning at a meeting of BISC for the Committee’s scrutiny of his department’s annual report. The pub industry is eager to know whether the Government will implement a statutory code of practice to govern pubcos’ treatment of tenants, along with a code adjudicator, as recommended by BISC. BISC asked the Government to respond to its report, released at the end of September, within two months. Writing for M&C Report after the BISC report was released, Committee chairman Adrian Bailey MP said: “The previous Labour Government made it clear that if the recommendations of the previous select committee report in 2010 were not enacted then it would step in with legislation. This commitment was repeated by the new Secretary of State Vince Cable to the Committee after the 2010 General Election. “Only the law can bring about the changes in culture and practices in the industry necessary to ensure the survival of that great British institution, the pub.”

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