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Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 16th June 2014.

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Photo of Toby Perkins Toby Perkins Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which organisations (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department met to discuss regulation of pub companies in (i) 2013 and (ii) 2014; and on what dates those meetings took place.

Photo of Jennifer Willott Jennifer Willott The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has taken an even handed approach to speaking with stakeholders from all sides of the debate in developing our proposals for statutory intervention in the pubs sector.

In 2013, BIS Ministers met the following organisations:

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has taken an even handed approach to speaking with stakeholders from all sides of the debate in developing our proposals for statutory intervention in the pubs sector.

In 2013, BIS Ministers met the following organisations:

Date Organisation Minister
22 January Ministerial Roundtable with licensee groups including: British Institute of Innkeeping; GMB Union; Federation of Licensed Victuallers Associations; Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers; Brighton & Hove Licensees Association; Campaign for Real Ale; Fair Pint Campaign; Independent Pub Confederation; Federation of Small Businesses; Guild of Master Victuallers. Jo Swinson
28 January Ministerial Roundtable including: British Beer and Pub Association; Punch Taverns; Star Pubs and Bars. Jo Swinson
7 February Ministerial Roundtable including: Greene King; Shepherd Neame; Everards Brewery; Admiral Taverns; Hook Norton Brewery; Independent Family Brewers of Britain. Jo Swinson
21 February Meeting with the Scottish Licensed Trade Association. Jo Swinson
27 February Meeting with Enterprise Inns Michael Fallon
10 June Ministerial Roundtable including: Everards Brewery; Fuller Smith & Turner; Admiral Taverns; Hook Norton; McMullen & Sons; Shepherd Neame; Wadworth & Co; Trust Inns; Greene King; Titanic Brewery; Westerham Ales; Society of Independent Brewers. Jo Swinson
12 June Ministerial Roundtable including: British Beer and Pub Association; Enterprise Inns; Marston’s; Mitchells & Butlers; Punch Taverns; Spirit Pub Company; Star Pubs and Bars; Wellington Pub Company. Jo Swinson
18 July Meeting with Greg Mulholland MP and the Independent Pub Confederation. Jo Swinson
30 September Meeting with the British Beer and Pub Association. Vince Cable
29 October Meeting with the Federation of Small Businesses (pubs were discussed as part of a wider meeting). Vince Cable

In 2014, BIS Ministers met the following organisations:

Date Organisation Minister
30 January Meeting with the Federation of Small Businesses. Vince Cable
12 February Meeting with Sir Peter Luff MP and Admiral Taverns; Hook Norton Brewery. Jenny Willott
17 March Meeting with Greene King. Jenny Willott
24 March Meeting with representatives of the British Beer and Pub Association; Punch Taverns; Shepherd Neame. Jenny Willott
31 March Meeting with the Campaign for Real Ale. Jenny Willott
25 April Meeting with S A Brains. Jenny Willott

In addition to meetings with organisations, Ministers met with a number of tied tenants. Officials also met with stakeholders before, during and after the consultation process to discuss our proposals to establish a Statutory Code and an independent adjudicator.

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