APPC welcomes code of conduct amendment to lobbying bill

The APPC has joined the PRCA in welcoming a government amendment to the lobbying bill that requires lobbyists to state on their statutory register entry whether they are signed up to an existing code of conduct.

The lobbying bill enters the House of Lords report stage today
The lobbying bill enters the House of Lords report stage today

Iain Anderson, deputy chair of the APPC, said: "This is a progressive and sensible move and will enable full transparency about which third party consultants already comply with existing voluntary codes – an extremely positive addition."

However, Anderson appealed to the Government to do more, ahead of the Lords Report stage today, by building a review process into the draft legislation to allow the statutory regime to be fully evaluated by MPs and peers in the next Parliament.

He also asked policymakers to ensure the cost of inclusion on the statutory register is reasonable and backed a Labour amendment to ensure all third-party lobbyists, including management consultancies and law firms, are covered by the legislation.

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