Stephen Williams, the Liberal Democrat communities minister, told the House of Commons that new waves of immigration replacing the “white working class” had led to the pub trade evaporating in some parts of the country.
His comments came as the Government unveiled new plans to protect pubs which are valuable to local communities.
The measures will stop pubs which meet the criteria from being demolished or converted for other uses, such as housing.
Mr Williams said "blanket protection" of every pub in the country was not possible because it would encompass some which had been abandoned by the local community because they do not drink alcohol.
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