As figures from CAMRA show that pub closures have risen to 18 a week, Labour will use its first Opposition Day Debate of 2013 to hold the Tory-led Government to account for failing to back struggling pubs across Britain.
The vote will fall on the year’s anniversary of the House of Commons voting unanimously for a review of the self regulation of pubcos and for a statutory code to be considered. But ministers have ignored the vote, taken no action on the issue and have refused to listen to the broad coalition of groups calling for a review of self-regulation. Labour will be calling on Liberal Democrat and Tory MPs who value their local community pubs to back our call for the statutory code.
Toby Perkins MP, Labour’s Shadow Pubs Minister, said:
“Pubs are vital hubs for communities up and down the country but due to the Tory-led government’s inaction and broken promises on backing small landlords they are closing at an ever-increasing rate.
“Enough is enough and landlords and the pub industry has no confidence in this government to take the action needed to back pubs. A year after ministers promised action on this issue which has still not materialised, it is right that Parliament gets the opportunity to debate this vital issue.
“While ministers drag their feet, Labour will begin the process of consultation on what exactly a new statutory code should include to support pubs.”