All Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group, originally uploaded by J Mark Dodds a shadow of my future self.
The answer is NOTHING HAS HAPPENED. The Tied Pub Sector is NOT Being Reported. It's a COP OUT!
The pub trade's official 'most loved by publicans' news reporting organ, the PMA (Publican's Morning Advertiser) has published NOT ONE WORD about the pasting that British Beer and Pub Association and Enterprise Inns took in Committee Room 7 at the House of Commons on 5 December last week when questioned about the improvements the tied pubco's have made since being put in the 'Last chance Saloon, several years ago by Select Committee number errr, was it 1,2,3 or was it 4 or 4.1 or 4.2. Aha. It was ALL of them. The pubco's have nto changed their behaviour one bit in all the years they have been looked at. They just fiffle faffle with codes of conduct. They are on draft five or the 2008 version now. And the most recent draft offers LESS to lessees than did the 2002 COP.
There's nothing, anywhere that I can see covering all tied tenants' Must See event of the season - the most important meeting in the pub sector - the All Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group's update on where and how the industry Codes of Practice have impacted on the relationship between Tied Tenants and their Pubco and Family Brewer Landlords.
The well attended meeting was in Committee Room 8 of the House of Commons last Wednesday, 5 December chaired by Greg Mulholland - who grilled representatives of IPC, FSB and PAS alongside BBPA boss Brigid Simmonds and Enterprise COO Simon Townsend over "One Year On - Self Regulation in the Tied Pub Sector".
The upshot basically is that nothing has happened - zilch zero nada niet nowt nurt nit not nuttin' except the BBPA moved from Draft Five to Draft Six and asked to be given until the middle of 2013 for a chance to see if they can move towards Draft Seven.
Yes it was really exciting. I fell asleep until Brigid woke me by raising a shrill voice in objection to something Greg Mulholland asked her.
Toby Perkins asked when would BBPA ever get around to finalising a code and pointed out that yet another whole parliament was likely to pass with nothing happening. Again,