The Trade and Industry Select Committee recently reported on its investigations
into the trading practices of the pub companies, who now control the majority
of British pubs. The Committee decided, rather amazingly, that no brewer or
pub company enjoyed a dominant position so there were no competition
issues which needed addressing.
They also turned down CAMRA's recommendation that pub company tenants should be able to offer a guest
beer of their own choosing, rather than be restricted to the often-limited list of
expensive "guests" available from the company itself. This will continue to
make it hard for micro-brewers to get access to the market as well as
reducing choice for customers.
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