The report concluded that pubcos had made a “half hearted attempt at reform” and that the BBPA had been “impotent” in its timetable for reform, concluding that pubcos had failed to meet the test set down by the previous committee’s report in 2010 which had warned the industry that it was their last chance of self regulatory reform.
Brian said: “It is a decision which the committee has taken with a heavy heart- in principle additional regulation is a burden on industry and should only be considered as a last resort, but each Committee report prior to this has challenged the industry to create a programme for meaningful reform and that has simply not happened.”
“It is of vital importance that the Government holds its promise of consulting to put the code of practice on a statutory footing without delay or a lengthy process and I was encouraged by the Secretary of State’s positive response to that question when I questioned him during the evidence sessions.”
“I have had a huge number of e-mails and letters from publicans up and down the Country providing me with examples of where pubcos have intentionally misled tenants and it is important that we act now to save more pubs from going to the wall.”
“Pubs and clubs in Britain are at the very heart of our communities which provides a form of social interaction which is almost unique to anywhere else in the world and we are losing them at an alarming rate with 25 pubs a week closing.