Pub Ownership

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:58 am on 28th April 2009.

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Photo of Martin Horwood Martin Horwood Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) 11:58 am, 28th April 2009

I want to congratulate my hon. Friends the Members for Southport (Dr. Pugh) and for Leeds, North-West (Greg Mulholland), both of whom are proving to be great champions of the traditional British pub. It is also a pleasure to follow my neighbouring MP, Mr. Robertson, and to see such good representation by Gloucestershire MPs from all three main parties in this debate.

We are losing 40 pubs a week in this country, or something of that order. That is a national crisis. It may not compare with climate change, global recession or even pandemic flu, but after we have spent all day contemplating those global catastrophes we need a pint and somewhere good to drink it in.

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GEORGINA KIRBY
Posted on 30 Apr 2009 10:19 am (Report this annotation)

after reading the debate it is clear that the prolem is with the acual owership of the premises and land that the pub is on. from my personal exsperience as a bar and resturant manager working in a relatively small village pub in a prime out of town location with the facilities for the whole family to come and eat and play in a safe environment. (as a single parent of an 8 year old i know that this sort of place is a god send) sadly now this business is now closed and another village is without its hub. the brewary who own the land and building were and since were given the opion to sell the whole and a local businessman was willing to invest time and money to make it better and more inviting again. the brewery decline the offer. now another beautiful part of our heritage has gone. not to mention the 37 staff from myself as manager down to the young people who washup only a few hours a week are now without work and the prospect of finding alturnative work looking very grim.as a single parent who has always working a provided for her with her father not never collecting benifits from this country i have been had but the whole experises to feel helpless worthless and very depressed and on medication.this is yet another drain on resorces for our counrty which makes me even more depressed.
in my opion the best way out of this mess is for there tobe more surport to asmall businessmen so that they can hopefully wade though this hard time. just think in our small village pub 37 jobs lost 40 pubs a week closing at that scale is 1480 people out of work and 5920 people a month and 71040 a year just from one type of business that is madness. no wonder u need a pint after a day a week a month a year like that shame that we who are part of that 71040 can now not afford to get essentials never mind a beer.

many thanks
Georgina Kirby
36
Gloucestershire