A clutch of industry bodies have submitted reports to the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee (BISC) regarding the progress made with new codes of practice that govern pub company and tenant relations. In its report, the Independent Pub Confederation (IPC) accused pub groups of dragging their heels with the codes, which it argued do not go far enough and have created “confusion” among tenants. The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), BII and Royal Chartered Institute of Surveyors (RICS) also submitted reports to MPs. The IPC claimed just 44% BBPA members had their codes in place by the 1 October deadline for implementation. It also criticised the “very late submission” of “many” draft codes — some arriving on the final day of the accreditation process and said there had been a lack of action in the codes on the beer and machine tie. The BBPA’s submission said that 97% of its pub company members had either had their codes approved or are in the final stages. It also said that it had “introduced a range of new agreements and initiatives to offer prospective tenants/lessees” which include free of tie options.” The BII said it was to strengthen its support for new entrants to the pub trade through an extension of its mentoring scheme. It said: “We have begun to formulate a proposal that will see the BII facilitating a panel of professional advisors for tenants. "A board of industry wide professionals is being assembled to determine the scope of the scheme and interest from professional advisors to the industry has been forthcoming." And it added that delays in the RICS guidelines on rent setting had caused some delays in companies having their codes of practice accredited