Enterprise Inns chief executive Ted Tuppen has come under fire over comments he made about the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee’s (BISC) recent report into the relationship between pub companies and their tenants. Tuppen labelled the committee process a “political pantomime” at the Business in Sport and Leisure’s (BISL) annual conference in London last week, and expressed his frustration at the lack of a “right of reply” afforded to the pub companies. The committee recommended a statutory code of practice for the pub industry in September, claiming that the “deep-seated” problems between pubcos and their tenants had not been sufficiently addressed. “A powerful and confident government should instill proper analytical discipline rather than political pantomime that we sometimes have to endure in select committees,” said Tuppen. “I believe the last two reviews in 2009 and earlier this year were an affront to our democratic process. Short of time for a proper review, the select committee spouted the opinion of a handful of campaigners without bothering to check the facts.” “Using Parliamentary Privilege to exaggerate, insult and mislead is not what a select committee should do, particularly when accusations are made without the support of proper evidence, and without the basic right of reply which is enshrined in the realms of British law." However, the Enterprise boss’ remarks have been met with disappointment by the BISC committee chair Adrian Bailey MP, and committee member Brian Binley MP. Committee chair Bailey said: “Many of the select committee recommendations were drawn from a survey carried out by the British Beer & Pub Association of which Tuppen is a member. "We have now had several select committee reports over the last eight years with different members and different chairs. They all have exposed the same problems and practices which Ted Tuppen and others have failed to rectify. "His comments clearly demonstrate the complacency and resistance to change that has forced the BISC to recommend a statutory code and reinforce the arguments for it.” Binley, who was particularly vocal when confronting Tuppen during the committee hearings, said: “There are real concerns about the information being given to new tenants and I questioned Tuppen on that. "We have had too many complaints from licensees about this and I believe all the members of the committee want is fairness, and if we have fairness then we have a chance of maintaining the jewel of the crown of social networking in this country, which is the pub. “At the end of the day Tuppen is a very robust business manager and yes the questioning I gave him was very robust. I don’t really know what else he could have expected.” Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers strategic affairs director and Independent Pub Confederation secretary Kate Nicholls said: “There was a huge amount of independent research upon which the committee based its evaluation and conclusions, and I think it does a disservice to the officials who carried out the research and the parliamentarians who scrutinised it.” Business Secretary Vince Cable announced last week that the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills will issue its response to the committee’s report later this month.