Two high-profile beer tie critics are to meet business secretary Vince Cable to discuss the tie ahead of the deadline given by MPs for industry reform. Greg Mulholland, MP for Leeds North West and chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group, and Campaign for Real Ale chief executive Mike Benner are set to attend the meeting tomorrow. Cable is ultimately responsible for any legislative action on the beer tie. In the meantime, the Business, Innovation & Skills Committee (BISC) is set to hold two oral hearings on 28 June and 5 July to discuss progress made by the trade to reform. Mulholland said: “The Save the Pub Group and I were delighted that the Government agreed to commit to endorsing the recommendations of the the Business, Innovation & Skills Committee. The Government must however stick to the June deadline, and ensure that they judge the pubcos against the criteria that have been clearly laid out, otherwise they must as promised, intervene and introduce a statutory code of practice. “The Secretary of State has demonstrated a personal interest in the beer tie and their use by pub companies, on both a local and national level. I hope because of this he will better understand what Mike and I have to say and the concerns we have on the issue as it currently stands. “With the BISC deadline for pubcos to self reform fast approaching, this meeting is of particular importance and will offer an opportunity for CAMRA and I to really encourage the secretary of state to monitor the situation and make a judgement on whether the pubcos have met the criteria.”