The Business and Enterprise Committee is to revisit an inquiry into pubcos to check that changes recommended in a Trade and Industry Committee report have been made.
The report, published in 2004 recommended that the British Beer and Pub Association’s code of practice should be updated to cover a range of issues such as rent reviews and complaints and dispute procedures.
Now the Business and Enterprise Committee will look at how the recommendations have been applied by asking the following key questions:
• Has the Licensing Act 2003 had an effect on competition within the market?
• To what extent have revisions to the framework codes of practice met the Committee`s concerns?
• To what extent are the codes applied by the pubcos?
• Is there a need for further regulation of the industry?
Committee Chairman MP Peter Luff said: "In December 2004 the Trade and Industry Committee concluded that `if the industry does not show signs of accepting and complying with an adequate voluntary code then the government should not hesitate to impose a statutory code on it.` We are aware that some progress has been made. This brief inquiry is intended to find out whether the developments have been adequate."
Evidence will be collected until September 29.