Scots lobbying report could appear by Friday

The anxiously awaited report into the use of PR and lobbying firms by publicly-funded bodies in Scotland could appear as early as the end of this week.

The anxiously awaited report into the use of PR and lobbying firms

by publicly-funded bodies in Scotland could appear as early as the end

of this week.



The report is expected to put into the public domain details of the

contracts between PR firms and public bodies - from the Scottish Prisons

Service to local museums. It was promised by the Scottish First Minister

Donald Dewar last September, following claims in The Observer that PR

firm Beattie Media had improper access to Scottish ministers.



A spokesperson for the Scottish Executive, the body of devolved

Government which returned to full session on Wednesday this week, said

the report might be published ’towards the end’ of the week, but would

certainly appear before the end of the month.



’The review has been completed and is with ministers who will decide how

much to release. The point is to show how much money is being spent on

PR agencies.’



There has been speculation that the report might make recommendations

about when PR agencies should and should not be used. Scottish agencies

want the report published as soon as possible, as they believe the

current vacuum is hurting business.



Ian Coldwell, a director of Scottish firm PS Communication Consultants,

said: ’Our concern is that public sector organisations are being

affected by the uncertainty.’



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