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Let’s make it ‘Pro-Pub Friday’ in Parliament, says BBPA’s Brigid Simmonds


Tomorrow brings the prospect of a ‘Pro-Pub Friday’ in Parliament, says the British Beer & Pub Association, as two measures, on live music and daylight saving, come before MPs.

The Live Music Bill, would reduce red tape around live music performances, and in particular would exempt venues, including thousands of pubs, with a capacity of 200 persons or fewer from the need to obtain a licence for live music before 11pm. The Bill reaches one of its final stages in the House of Commons on Friday, and has already gone through all stages in the House of Lords.

The Daylight Saving Bill is calling for a review of the arguments for and against moving our clocks forward one hour. The move is backed by the BBPA, alongside the UK's tourism and hospitality industries and the Tourism Alliance, who all argue that lighter evenings would extend the summer tourist season, creating up to 80,000 jobs and boosting the economy to the tune of £3 billion.

BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds comments:

“Tomorrow could be a very welcome ‘pro-pub Friday’ in Parliament, if MPs continue to move these two changes forward. It would show a change to a more positive mindset on how MPs view both pubs and the wider hospitality sector, on which millions of UK jobs depend. Britain’s pubs have been saddled with a huge burden of tax and regulation in recent years, so it’s good to see measures that make a start in shifting the balance.”

Notes to editors:

The British Beer & Pub Association is the UK’s leading organisation representing the brewing and pub sector. Its members account for 96 per cent of the beer brewed in the UK and around half of Britain’s 51,000 pubs.


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