Early day motion 924

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That this House expresses concern at the misinformation supplied to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, hon and right hon. Members and the media by large pub companies and their lobbyists the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) regarding pub closures; notes the report by the All-Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group, working with CGA Strategy, which exposes that false statements have been made; further notes that CGA figures show that between December 2005 and March 2013, 5,117 non-managed pubs closed compared with only 2,131 free trade pubs; further notes that BBPA's own figures show that over 10 years non-managed pubs decreased by over 8,000 whilst the free trade sector actually expanded by 1,600; condemns the myth that has been peddled suggesting that more free of tie pubs have closed than tied pubs; further notes that this has now been debunked and should not be repeated; further notes that the figures clearly show that tenanted and leased pubs have closed in greater number than free trade pubs, without even counting the thousands of temporary closures of pubco pubs each year; further notes the damning disposal figures with Enterprise Inns and Punch Taverns collectively disposing of over 5,000 pubs between 2008 and 2012, a third of all their pubs in just four years; expresses concern that false information has been taken at face value by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, HM Treasury and the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) leading to inappropriate assessments; calls for an investigation into this; and further calls on the Government and the OFT to accept the real picture of pub closures and to act accordingly.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Anderson, David Labour Party Blaydon 13.01.2014
Bayley, Hugh Labour Party York Central 09.01.2014
Blackman, Bob Conservative Party Harrow East 13.01.2014
Campbell, Ronnie Labour Party Blyth Valley 15.01.2014
Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 15.01.2014
Cooper, Rosie Labour Party West Lancashire 22.01.2014
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 15.01.2014
Crausby, David Labour Party Bolton North East 21.01.2014
Cunningham, Jim Labour Party Coventry South 14.01.2014
Dobbin, Jim Labour Party Heywood and Middleton 13.01.2014
Flynn, Paul Labour Party Newport West 14.01.2014
Hancock, Mike INDEPENDENT Portsmouth South 13.01.2014
Hemming, John Liberal Democrats Birmingham Yardley 13.01.2014
Horwood, Martin Liberal Democrats Cheltenham 21.01.2014
Huppert, Julian Liberal Democrats Cambridge 14.01.2014
Lavery, Ian Labour Party Wansbeck 16.01.2014
Leech, John Liberal Democrats Manchester Withington 13.01.2014
Llwyd, Elfyn Plaid Cymru Dwyfor Meirionnydd 13.01.2014
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 13.01.2014
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 13.01.2014
Morden, Jessica Labour Party Newport East 16.01.2014
Morris, Grahame M Labour Party Easington 13.01.2014
Mulholland, Greg Liberal Democrats Leeds North West 08.01.2014
Murphy, Paul Labour Party Torfaen 15.01.2014
Robinson, Geoffrey Labour Party Coventry North West 04.03.2014
Thornton, Mike Liberal Democrats Eastleigh 13.01.2014
Williams, Mark Liberal Democrats Ceredigion 22.01.2014