IPR head calls for regulatory body for all lobbyists

IPR director general Colin Farrington last week called for the establishment of a government agency to oversee lobbyists, dubbed Oflob.

IPR director general Colin Farrington last week called for the

establishment of a government agency to oversee lobbyists, dubbed

Oflob.



Giving evidence at the last session of the investigation into lobbying

held by the Neill Committee, Farrington argued in favour of

parliamentary regulation to encompass all those who lobby politicians,

including management consultants, lawyers and charity

representatives.



Farrington said: ’There would need to be a new body, perhaps to be

called Oflob. There are many practical problems, but in principle, it’s

the way forward.’



Simon Nayyar, chairman of the PRCA’s government affairs committee, and

APPC chairman Michael Burrell joined Farrington in coming out broadly in

favour of a statutory register of lobbyists as long as it included those

lobbying on behalf of charities, investment banks and professional

services firms.



Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for

Voluntary Organisations, which represents 1,200 charities, argued

against such a register, saying it would be an unfair restriction to

charities’ access to Parliament.



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