The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee will hold a one-off evidence session on 26 June 2018 with the Pubs Code Adjudicator, Paul Newby, and his deputy, Fiona Dickie, to review the operation of the Pubs Code and the performance of the Pubs Code Adjudicator.
The Committee will look at whether the existing statutory framework is working as it was intended to and whether disputes between tied tenants and pub owning companies are being resolved satisfactorily.
Send a written submission
The Committee invites evidence from the pub owning companies that come under the Code and representative bodies of tied tenants on the following questions:
- Is the Pubs Code providing clarity and fairness in the relationship between pub owning companies and tied tenants? If not, what changes are required?
- How effectively has the office of the Pubs Code Adjudicator ensured compliance with the Code and arbitrated in cases of dispute?
Send a written submission to the inquiry on Update on the Pubs Code Adjudicator.
The deadline for submissions is Friday 8 June 2018.
Rachel Reeves MP, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee said:
"Two years on from the establishment of the Pubs Code Adjudicator, pubs are still closing on a weekly basis. We want to check whether the legislation Parliament introduced is working as it intended. When there is an imbalance in the relationship between a large company and small suppliers or tenants, it is essential that the regulator has the powers and commitment to prevent any abuse. We also want to check that both sides have confidence that disputes are going to be resolved quickly and that tied tenants have a genuine opportunity to make a good living from running pubs, which are a vital part of many communities up and down the country."