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Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 29th February 2012.

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Photo of Nicholas Dakin Nicholas Dakin Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent progress he has made on introducing a statutory code of practice that includes (a) a free-of-tie-in option and (b) an independent adjudicator for the pub industry.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Government have no plans to introduce a statutory code of practice for the pub industry. On 24 November 2011 the Government announced a new tough and legally binding form of self-regulation for the pub industry, including a strengthened industry framework code and the establishment of a Pubs Independent Conciliation and Arbitration Service (PICAS). As the code will now be legally binding, it will ultimately be enforceable through the courts.

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