Introducing a Statutory Register of Lobbyists
HC 153, Second Report of Session 2012-13 - Volume I: Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence
- House of Commons - Politicial and Constitutional Reform Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
'Introducing a Statutory Register of Lobbyists (HC 153)' discusses the proposals from the Government's consultation paper (see below), which focused the register on those who undertake lobbying activities on behalf of a third party client.
Under the proposals, a lobbyist who worked in house for a large company such as News International would not be required to register, whereas a 'one-man band' lobbyist would be, also having to name their clients and pay for the privilege.
There is no evidence to suggest that third party lobbyists are a particular problem within the lobbying community; the Government's own records of ministerial meetings suggest that third party lobbyists make up less than 1% of all meetings with Ministers.
The Government should abandon its plans and introduce regulation to cover all those who lobby professionally, in a paid role, including those who lobby on behalf of charities, trade unions, and think tanks.
The Committee specifically recommends the Government to:
publish information about ministerial meetings no more than a month after which the meeting occurred;
improve the level of detail in meeting disclosures, so that the actual topic of a meeting is disclosed, rather than obscure terms like 'general discussion';
publish, where applicable, the company or charity number of any organisation that meets with Ministers or officials, so that the identity of the organisation can be properly verified; and
standardise the format of meeting data, with a view to publishing all ministerial and official meetings on one website, rather than on many different Government websites.
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