THE Government should sever the restrictive ties between brewers and the pubs they own to prevent tenants going out of business, a Huntingdonshire business leader says. Malcolm Lyons, Huntingdonshire chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, believes the high charges imposed by brewers on tenants - which must then be passed on to customers in higher prices - are one of the main reasons for business failures in the sector. A new FSB report says one in eight tied pubs is struggling to survive because of the inflated price of beer. In a survey of the FSB's publican members, one in eight said they were paying up to 50 per cent more for beer compared to untied pub owners who bought their products on the open market. They are then forced to pass these inflated charges to the customer to make ends meet. Another 85 per cent said that high beer prices imposed on them by the brewer was a problem for their business, and nearly three quarters (73 per cent) said they would support a complete removal of the tie, Mr Lyons said. The FSB believes the tie is the principal reason for over 50 pub closures a week and is urging the Government to take action now to save the country's tied pubs.