Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

The Government was due to respond to the public administration select committee's report on lobbying as PRWeek went to press.

Cabinet Office minister Angela Smith previously told the committee the Government planned to respond 'before the summer recess', which began on 22 July. The Government's response had been due back in March. The Government is believed to be supportive of a new ethical framework for lobbying but against a mandatory register of all lobbyists.

The Scout Association, Church of England and Rugby Football Union have taken part in a mass lobby of Parliament over a proposed 'rain tax'. The groups are concerned that some English water companies are planning to impose huge bills on churches and other community groups. The Scout Association is using Portland for PR and public affairs.

Lexington Communications senior consultant Craig Jones has quit to become head of media and public affairs at the Legal Services Board, the independent body that oversees the regulation of lawyers in England and Wales. Before Lexington, Jones worked for the charity 4Children and also had a stint in the private office of Harriet Harman MP.

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