From the HBD Archive
From: Steve Anthony <steveo@Think.COM>
Subject: This just in ....
Date: 1989-07-11 20:52:37 GMT

(Not really homebrewing, but beer just the same)

British brewers may retain pubs

London- The goverment said yesterday that Britain's biggest brewers will
not have to sell off 22,000 pubs, as had been recommended as a way of
fostering competition among the nation's taverns, most of which are brewery
owned. Lord Young, the trade secretary, announced the measures to
encourage competition in supplying beer and other drinks, but his
measures were not as drastic as those recommended this year by the
Monopolies and Mergers Commission. Britain's brewers are allowed to own
pubs and to require their tennants to buy beer and drinks only from the
owner. Industry critics have called on the goverment to force competition,
which would be expected to bring cheaaper prices and wider choices for
consumers.

Associated Press

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