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Petitions
12 June 2014
Volume 582

Petitions

Thursday 12 June 2014

Observations

Business, Innovation and Skills

CAMRA's Call for a Pubs Watchdog

The Petition of residents of the UK,

Declares that the Petitioners believe that the Government should stick to its promise to introduce a watchdog to prevent valued pubs from facing closure due to unfair practices in the pub sector; further that the Petitioners believe that a pubs watchdog is urgently needed to govern the behaviour of large pub companies so that publicans are treated fairly by ensuring that rents and wholesale prices are reasonable; and further that a Petition from UK residents on this subject has received over 43,000 signatures.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to stick to its promise and introduce a pubs watchdog to protect valued pubs from the risk of closure.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Greg Mulholland, Official Report, 14 May 2014; Vol. 580, c. 858.]

[P001353]

Observations from the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, received on 11 June 2014:

On 3 June 2014 the Government published their Response to the consultation on Pub Companies and Tenants and also their Response to the House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee’s Fourth Report of Session 2013-14: Consultation on a Statutory Code for Pub Companies.

Those Responses stated that the Government intend to establish a Statutory Code and an independent Adjudicator to govern the relationship between all pub owning businesses and their tied tenants. These will provide tied tenants with fair treatment, increased transparency and stronger rights about how and when their rents are agreed.

The pubs watchdog will stamp out unfair practices and enforce measures that will protect valued pubs from the risk of closure.

On 4 June Her Majesty the Queen announced that the Government would shortly introduce a Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill. This will include measures to establish the Statutory Code and an independent Adjudicator.

Pub Rent Prices (Derbyshire)

The Petition of residents of the UK,

Declares that the Petitioners believe that it is unfair that Claire and Scott face eviction from Patternmakers Arms, a well-attended and happy pub, as a result of unreasonable increases in rent prices and further that the Government have consulted on establishing a Statutory Code and an independent Adjudicator for the pub sector to govern the relationship between large pub companies and their tenants.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to establish a Code to govern the relationship between large pub companies and their tenants as a matter of urgency.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Pauline Latham, Official Report, 30 April 2014; Vol. 579, c. 962.]

[P001343]

Observations from the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills:

BIS has been informed that Claire and Scott Muldoon no longer face eviction from the Pattenmakers Arms as Mrs Muldoon has agreed a new lease with Enterprise Inns plc.

The Petitioners’ belief that the Government have consulted on establishing a Statutory Code and an independent Adjudicator for the pub sector to govern the relationship between large pub companies and their tenants is correct. On 3 June 2014 the Government published their Response to that consultation and also their Response to the House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee’s Fourth Report of Session 2013-14: Consultation on a Statutory Code for Pub Companies.

Those Responses stated that the Government intend to establish a Statutory Code and an independent Adjudicator to govern the relationship between pub owning businesses—not just large ones—and their tied tenants.

The Petitioners called for the Statutory Code to be established as a matter of urgency. On 4 June Her Majesty the Queen announced that the Government would introduce a Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill. This will include measures to establish the Statutory Code and independent Adjudicator and is planned to be introduced in the House of Lords in June 2014.