Twenty eight MPs have added their names to a Parliamentary motion calling for swift action from Government to reform the pubco/tenant relationship. The MPs have signed an Early Day Motion welcoming last month’s report on pubcos from the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee (BISC), which 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. The EDM, from Greg Mulholland MP, “calls on the Government to act on the Select Committee’s recommendations and announce a timetable for the consultation as quickly as possible on how it intends to implement the reforms”. The motion, which also calls for a guest beer option for licensees who remain tied, says the meaures would “assist with economic growth”, “revitalise and rejuvenate the sector” and “promote entrepreneurship through more diverse ownership”. Among the MPs signing the EDM is John Healey, minister for pubs in the previous Labour Government. It comes as the lobbying war over the need for a statutory code of practice intensified this week. The Publican’s Morning Advertiser, sister title to M&C Report, reports that both Fair Pint, the anti-beer tie group, and sympathiser Mulholland wrote letters to MPs aiming to “debunk the myths” of a letter sent out by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA). Last week, the BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds wrote to MPs arguing that the BISC report “failed to appreciate the meaningful reforms undertaken by the wider industry since 2010” and urged ministers not to legislate as it “would pile more costs onto pubs and lead to more closures”. Fair Pint’s Simon Clarke, a tied tenant with Enterprise Inns, said: “The current industry code is inadequate and has been proven to be unenforceable. To legislate now for a statutory code and a bur-eaucratic adjudicator is essential.” Clarke highlighted some recent statistics from CGA that showed 3,218 tied pubs had closed since December 2008, compared to 425 free-of-tie pubs. The Government is expected to have issued a response to the BISC report by the end of November.