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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 9th December 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, when he last met representatives of (a) the Campaign for Real Ale, (b) the British Beer and Pub Association, (c) Punch Taverns, (d) Enterprise Inns and (e) Marston's Brewery.

Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for Education) (Women and Equalities) , The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills last met representatives of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) on 25 February 2014 when he spoke at a CAMRA reception in the House of Commons. He has not met representatives of Punch Taverns, Enterprise Inns or Marston’s in 2013 or 2014 but last met representatives of the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), the representative organisation for brewers and pub companies, on 30 September 2013. Other BIS ministers have also met CAMRA, the BBPA and pub companies on a number of occasions as set out below:

· I met CAMRA on 22 January 2013 (roundtable for tenant organisations)

· I met BBPA and Punch on 28 January 2013

· My Hon. Friend the Member for Sevenoaks (Michael Fallon) met Enterprise Inns on 27 February 2013

· I met BBPA, Marston’s, Enterprise Inns and Punch at a roundtable on 12 June 2013 and officials attended a further roundtable with CAMRA and other tenant representatives on 13 June 2013 when I was unable to attend due to illness

· My Hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff Central (Jenny Willott) met BBPA and Punch Taverns on 24 March 2014

· My Hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff Central (Jenny Willott) met Camra on 31 March 2014

· My noble Friend Baroness Neville Rolfe met BBPA and Punch Taverns on 1 December 2014

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