Pubs saved by special licence to stop decline
14 August 2013 Last updated at 00:01 BST
The MP Brandon Lewis has endorsed a scheme in England to "list" a hundred pubs to save them from being bulldozed.
According to the Campaign for Real Ale, large numbers of people are beginning to worry about the fate of their local drinking holes and are grouping together to save them.
Robin Denselow reports for Newsnight.