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Pubcos And The Supply Tie

EDM number 190 in 2008-09, proposed by Timothy Farron on 09/12/2008.
Categorised under the topics of Competition, Service industries and Small businesses.

That this House notes that the Beer Orders, passed in 1989, were intended to increase competition in brewing, wholesaling and retailing; believes however that they have failed to do this, and have instead concentrated ownership of British pubs in the hands of pub companies or Pubcos; further notes that in 1989 the three biggest brewers owned around 20,000 pubs, about a third of the UK's total, and that the three biggest Pubcos own around 20,000 pubs, a notably similar figure; further notes that pubs are closing at the rate of around 36 pubs a week and that from 2006-07 bankruptcies amongst pub landlords increased seven-fold and are set to get worse; notes with concern that Pubcos have failed to adopt the recommendations of the Trade and Industry Select Committee, namely that rents should be sustainable; further notes that tied tenants should not be financially worse off than if they were free of tie, that upward-only rent reviews and the gaming machine tie must cease, and that the utmost transparency in all rents and reviews is paramount; and calls on the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to refer the matter of the supply tie and rent formulation to the Competition Commission with a view to addressing the dominance of the big Pubcos in the pub market.

This motion has been signed by a total of 47 MPs.

Tim Farron09/12/2008Westmorland and LonsdaleLiberal DemocratProposed
Greg Mulholland09/12/2008Leeds North WestLiberal DemocratSeconded
Peter Bottomley09/12/2008Worthing WestConservativeSeconded
Adrian Sanders10/12/2008TorbayLiberal DemocratSeconded
Andrew Dismore10/12/2008HendonLabourSeconded
Stephen Williams10/12/2008Bristol WestLiberal DemocratSeconded
Nick Harvey10/12/2008North DevonLiberal DemocratSigned
Lynne Jones10/12/2008Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSigned
Colin Breed10/12/2008South East CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
David Drew10/12/2008StroudLabourSigned
John Leech10/12/2008Manchester, WithingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Willie Rennie10/12/2008Dunfermline and West FifeLiberal DemocratSigned
Alan Simpson11/12/2008Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
John Hemming11/12/2008Birmingham, YardleyLiberal DemocratSigned
Mike Hancock11/12/2008Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Neil Gerrard11/12/2008WalthamstowLabourSigned
Ann Cryer11/12/2008KeighleyLabourSigned
Brian Jenkins11/12/2008TamworthLabourSigned
Brian Iddon15/12/2008Bolton South EastLabourSigned
John McDonnell15/12/2008Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSigned
Don Foster15/12/2008BathLiberal DemocratSigned
David Anderson15/12/2008BlaydonLabourSigned
Philip Davies15/12/2008ShipleyConservativeSigned
Eric Illsley16/12/2008Barnsley CentralLabourSigned
Mark Hunter16/12/2008CheadleLiberal DemocratSigned
Frank Cook16/12/2008Stockton NorthLabourSigned
Bill Etherington16/12/2008Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Edward Davey17/12/2008Kingston and SurbitonLiberal DemocratSigned
Roger Williams18/12/2008Brecon and RadnorshireLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Keetch12/01/2009HerefordLiberal DemocratSigned
David Hamilton12/01/2009MidlothianLabourSigned
Martin Horwood12/01/2009CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Rowen12/01/2009RochdaleLiberal DemocratSigned
Lynne Featherstone13/01/2009Hornsey and Wood GreenLiberal DemocratSigned
Greg Pope14/01/2009HyndburnLabourSigned
Malcolm Bruce15/01/2009GordonLiberal DemocratSigned
Peter Atkinson15/01/2009HexhamConservativeSigned
Lembit 15/01/2009MontgomeryshireLiberal DemocratSigned
Norman Baker20/01/2009LewesLiberal DemocratSigned
Michael Clapham27/01/2009Barnsley West and PenistoneLabourSigned
Tony Lloyd28/01/2009Manchester CentralLabourSigned
Bob Russell02/04/2009ColchesterLiberal DemocratSigned
Patrick Hall02/04/2009BedfordLabourSigned
Jim McGovern23/04/2009Dundee WestLabourSigned
Mark Williams23/04/2009CeredigionLiberal DemocratSigned
Michael Mates13/05/2009East HampshireConservativeSigned
Simon Hughes02/06/2009North Southwark and BermondseyLiberal DemocratSigned

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