Tied Pubs (Scotland) Bill


About the Bill

The aim of the Tied Pubs Bill is to improve the position of tied pub tenants by requiring the establishment of a Scottish Pub Code to govern the relationship between pub-owning businesses and their tied tenants and ensuring the appointment of a Scottish Pubs Code Adjudicator to apply the code. 

A tied pub is one where there is a contract between the owner (pub-owning business) and the tenant, which means that the tenant has to buy certain products (mainly beer) from the owner at a higher than normal wholesale cost in exchange for rent of the pub (the rent is often set at a lower than market value).

There are currently around 750 tied pubs in Scotland.

Current Status of the Bill 

The Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee is considering the Tied Pubs (Scotland) Bill and we previously asked for your views on the bill. Due to the impact of COVID-19 on the pub industry, the Committee agreed to pause its call for views and evidence sessions on the bill, which were due to take place in April. We acknowledge that this continues to be a challenging time, but believe it would be helpful for the industry to have clarity on matters contained within the bill. We have therefore reopened the call for views and survey. The new deadline for responses is 14 July.

Stage 1

Your views 

The Committee has reopened its call for evidence and survey. The closing date for responses is 14 July.

If you are a pub owner, drink supplier or membership body, please share your thoughts on the bill by writing a response to our call for views.

If you are a pub tenant, please help our inquiry by completing our anonymous survey on the bill.

If there’s anything you wish to highlight to the Committee relating to COVID-19 and the impact it is having on you in the pub sector, please get in touch through our COVID-19 inquiry.

Written Submissions


On 4 May Neil Bibby, the Member in charge of the Bill wrote to the Committee regarding consideration of the Bill. The Committee repilied on 19 May.

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