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Public Houses: Closures

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will commission research to determine whether there is a relationship between tied lease agreements and the number of (a) pub closures and (b) landlord bankruptcies; and if he will make a statement. (202924)

The Insolvency Service has a limited budget available for research and evaluation, working co-operatively with stakeholders and other parts of Government. It regularly reviews the priority areas for research funding and at present the relationship between tied lease agreements and pub closures/landlord bankruptcies is not an area targeted for research.