Public Affairs: The week in lobbying

- Joint Nature Conservation Committee, the statutory adviser to the Government on UK and international nature conservation, is looking to hire a public affairs agency to improve communications with key stakeholders.

The committee's work contributes to maintaining and enriching biological diversity, conserving geological features and sustaining natural systems.

- The Commons public administration select committee has made a fresh attempt to find out when the Cabinet Office plans to respond to its report on lobbying, published in January. Committee member Labour MP Gordon Prentice submitted a written question to Cabinet Office minister Angela Smith last week. Smith would only say: 'The Government intends to respond to the committee's report very shortly.'

- Fleishman-Hillard and Bell Pottinger Public Affairs both had a presence at last week's Scottish National Party conference. Fleishman-Hillard Edinburgh sponsored the Scotland on Sunday series of lectures, held at all four Scottish main political party conferences, culminating in an address by Angus Robertson MP, leader of the SNP at Westminster. Bell Pottinger Public Affairs sponsored the Donaldson Lecture at the SNP conference.

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