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Volume 710: debated on Thursday 7 May 2009


My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (Gerry Sutcliffe) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

I have written today to the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group to respond to the Community Pub Inquiry and have placed copies of the response in the Library of the House.

The response has involved careful consideration by nine government departments and other bodies such as the Local Better Regulations Office (LBRO) and the Government are pleased to have been able to accept in full, in part or in intent, 23 of the 31 recommendations for Government. The Government believe that the response is a good start in responding to the concerns highlighted by the inquiry, the wider campaign and the public support for the community pub. The Government will continue to work with the industry, local communities and their representatives on the full range of issues and hopes that the APPBG will continue to press the case for community pubs inside Parliament.

Hard copies of the report are available in the Vote and Printed Paper Offices and will be available on the DCMS website at publications/6137.aspx.