Neill report gets private criticism from lobbyists

The Neill report into standards in public life has been privately criticised by senior lobbyists.

The Neill report into standards in public life has been privately

criticised by senior lobbyists.



The report recommends that ministers and officials who meet lobbyists

should record the meetings’ details in official diaries. To ensure

’awareness of the need for propriety’, records should be retained ’for

later inspection if necessary’, and ministerial rules amended to make

this a legal requirement.



One source in the PRCA said: ’It is impossible to proscribe friendships

between former party colleagues, some of whom have gone into the private

sector, others into government. But we will work to make Neill a

success.’ Another senior lobbyist said informal contact between

lobbyists and those in government was impossible to log.



Publicly, the industry’s trade bodies were supportive. Simon Nayyar, the

PRCA’s public affairs committee head who gave evidence to Neill,

welcomed the main thrust of the report, including a rejection of calls

for statutory regulation. Michael Burrell, chairman of the APPC, also

welcomed the report.’



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