Government launches consultation into statutory register of lobbyists

The Government has launched its consultation into developing a statutory register of lobbyists.

Houses of Parliament: lobbyists' target
Houses of Parliament: lobbyists' target
The12-week consultation has been launched by minister for political and constitutional reform Mark Harper, who is inviting views from the public and industry on how the register will work.

The consultation seeks views on the definition of a lobbyist, who should be required to register and what information should be collected about them and their clients. The consultation will also look into how the register should be funded.

The news comes after a number of scandals have hit the lobbying industry, such as The Independent’s sting against Bell Pottinger and former defence secretary Liam Fox’s relationship with lobbyist Adam Werritty.

Harper said lobbying played an ‘important role’ in the policy-making process, but added that it must be conducted in ‘a transparent and open way’.

‘We already publish an unprecedented amount of information about who ministers and senior officials meet. However, it’s not always obvious who the people ministers and officials meet represent.

‘That’s why the Government wants a register that will bring more transparency to the lobbying process and we would welcome the views of the public and the lobbying industry on this consultation document.’

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Latest Articles

We Are Social owner BlueFocus reports revenue growth of 65 per cent

We Are Social owner BlueFocus reports revenue growth of 65 per cent

Chinese marketing services group BlueFocus has reported a revenue increase of 64.8 per cent year on year to more than $578m (£343m) in 2013.

Three more agencies sign up to PR Internships For All campaign

Three more agencies sign up to PR Internships For All campaign

Brunswick, Cohn & Wolfe and MSL Group London have joined the PRWeek/PRCA initiative to boost diversity in the PR industry, which has also attracted support from Leeds Metropolitan University's Business School.

Seeing red: giving PR teams a real business objective

Seeing red: giving PR teams a real business objective

Speed Communications director John Brown talks client behaviours he can't stand.

Growing number of clients plan PR budget increases

Growing number of clients plan PR budget increases

The number of marketers planning to increase their PR budgets during 2014 has climbed, according to the latest quarterly Bellwether survey by the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising.