NEW Government measures to control large pub companies have been welcomed by the Federation of Small Businesses.

Neil Eames, development manager for the FSB Wessex Region, said: “The Government announcement to introduce a new pubs adjudicator, code of conduct and enhanced code for large pub companies is good news.

“It is important for the thousands of tied publicans that the FSB surveyed and who overwhelmingly back reforms of this kind.

“The FSB has campaigned long and hard for a tough code and independent adjudicator with enough power to make a real difference for publicans’ right across the country.

“We now look forward to seeing the legislation put before this Parliament and for it to take effect so publicans feel the benefits as soon as possible.

“We still believe further reforms need to be considered to prevent unreasonable rent increases and unsustainable beer price rises.

“These include a mandatory free-of-tie option with independently assessed rent as well as the introduction of guest beer rights, an area of disappointment in the Government’s response.

“We will urge all parties to consider these in their manifestos for the next general election.”