A group of MPs has urged the Government to stick to its promise to reform the pubco/tenant relationship. The All-Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group has written to Business Secretary Vince Cable and Ed Davey, a minister in his department, highlighting the fact that pubcos had “failed to reform”, according to the the Business Innovation and Skills Committee (BISC). A report into pubcos from BISC, released in September, called for a statutory code of practice for their treatment of tenants, along with a code adjudicator, and a free-of-tie option for new lessees combined with an open market rent review. Save the Pub Group chair Greg Mulholland MP said: “Having signed up to stick to the recommendations of the Business Innovation and Skills Committee and the previous Government, and having made personal commitments to implement reforms, it is vital the Government now stick to these promises and implement a statutory code of conduct in line with the Committees recommendations. “The industry has clearly failed to do what the Select Committee and the Government said it must, so these reforms must now happen. “Pubs have for too long been stifled by the unreasonable and unsustainable business models of the large pub companies, very much comparable to the behaviour of the banks, which had such a damaging effect on the economy.” The Government is expected to have issued a response to the BISC report by the end of November, although a spokesman for the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills said no date is set for a response.

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