17:05 Tuesday 21 January 2014

MP argues industry code is not needed

Written byROB SMYTH

Andrew Griffiths Andrew Griffiths

BURTON’S MP has argued that introducing a statutory code for the pub industry would have a ‘long lasting and devastating impact’.

Andrew Griffiths (pictured) revealed that he spoke in a debate in the House of Commons yesterday that was launched by the Labour Party in a bid to get a ‘Pubs Bill’ introduced.

The opposition party claim that the move would give landlords a fairer deal but Mr Griffiths stated that the move would, in fact, damage the industry and could see people in the town lose their jobs.

He told the Mail: “I believe that introducing changes such as the ones suggested would repeat the mistakes of previous Governments, which led to the end of industry greats such as Bass through things such as beer orders.

“I think the measures put forward would put thousands of jobs in the industry at risk in the future, many of which are found in Burton.

“It could also see more pubs close and the further decline of the great British pub.

“We need to do all we can to protect this fine industry and the legacy that it has in Burton.”

The debate was called to examine the introduction of a statutory code that would govern the relationship between pub companies and their tenants.

Toby Perkins MP, Labour’s shadow pubs minister, said:“We are demanding that ministers introduce a Pubs Bill in this year’s Queen’s Speech to give local pubs the protection they need and so that landlords get a fair deal.”

Business secretary Vince Cable said that statutory regulation was ‘necessary’ and the industry would soon hear how the Government will take the plans forward.

He said: “The overall sense is that the arrangements are unfair and a lack of transparency causes severe imbalance in negotiating power.”

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