The Transparency Of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning And Trade Union Administration
HC 638, First Report of Session 2013-14 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence
- House of Commons - Committee on Standards
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The report 'The Transparency Of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning And Trade Union Administration (HC 638)' accepts the Leader of the House's assurance that the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill (see below) was never intended to capture the normal work of Members as Members, nevertheless they consider the approach the Government has taken to drafting the definition of consultant lobbying is unsatisfactory.
The Bill is unclear in its definition of consultant lobbying and, in particular, about the way in which its provisions would apply to Members. The sweeping powers to refine this definition delegated to the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists are unacceptable. It is perfectly possible that the courts and the Registrar of Consultant lobbyists will clarify that the definition does not extend so far. But primary legislation should be unambiguous about such matters.
The difficulties about the way in which this legislation applies to Members of Parliament would be swept away if 'paragraph 2 of Schedule 1' was removed. It is necessary to make clear that Members' ordinary work is not captured by the Bill.
The report recommends that a new subparagraph should be added to 'paragraph 6', stating that a reference to payment does not include a reference to the salary an MP receives as a Member of the House of Commons.
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