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Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 25 January 2012.

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Photo of George Freeman George Freeman Conservative, Mid Norfolk

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent meetings he has had with representatives of (a) the Campaign for Real Ale, (b) the British Beer and Pub Association, (c) the Federation for Small Businesses and (d) the Forum of Private Business to discuss ways of (i) lessening the regulatory burden on and (ii) improving economic conditions for rural pubs; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Edward Davey Edward Davey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

The meetings I have had with representatives of the pub industry and other stakeholders, at which I discussed matters relating to the Department's policy responsibility for competition, are given in the following table.

Other policy matters relating to pubs are the responsibility of a range of Departments including the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Her Majesty's Treasury and the Home Office.

1 December 2010 Greg Mulholland MP; Emily Ryan and Jonathan Mail, (Campaign For Real Ale)
  CAMRA; Simon Clarke and Kate Nicholls, (Independent Pub Confederation) IPC
16 February 2011 Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA)
7 March 2011 Martin Horwood MP
8 June 2011 Greg Mulholland MP; Mike Benner, CAMRA
18 July 2011 Martin Horwood MP; Mike Benner and Jonathan Mail, CAMRA
12 October 2011 Brigid Simmonds, British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA); Ralph Findlay (BBPA and Marston's); Simon Townsend (Enterprise Inns); Roger Whiteside (Punch Taverns)
1 November 2011 Martin Horwood MP
3 November 2011 Simon Longbottom (Greene King); Paul Wells (Independent Family Brewers of Britain and Charles Wells); Jonathan Neame (Shepherd Neame); Stuart Bateman (Bateman's); William Lees-Jones (JW Lees); David Turner (Young's)
9 November 2011 Greg Mulholland MP and Jo Swinson MP
21 November 2011 Tim Sykes, Kate Nicholls and Nick Bish, ALMR
23 November 2011 Greg Mulholland MP, Tim Farron MP, Don Foster MP, Martin Horwood MP, David Ward MP, Jo Swinson MP
1 December 2011 Brigid Simmonds, British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA); Ralph Findlay (BBPA and Marston's)

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