Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

Mark Harper, minister for political and constitutional reform, said at last week's public affairs summer reception by the PRCA, APPC and ComRes that he would publish a draft bill and white paper for a statutory register of lobbying during this parliamentary session, which is expected to end next May.

Harper also promised that the Government would introduce legislation before the next general election in 2015.

BACTA, the British amusement industry body, has switched its public affairs account from Bell Pottinger Public Affairs to former BPPA chairman Peter Bingle's new agency. BACTA represents members from large manufacturers through to small seaside arcades.

UK Vaccine Industry Group has brought in a consortium of three senior healthcare comms and public affairs professionals. Clara Bentham, Helen Llewellyn and Amanda Stuart will handle its public affairs and media relations work following a competitive pitch process.

Ford Motor Company has appointed Frank Klaas as executive director, Ford of Europe comms and public affairs. He joins from Jaguar Land Rover where he was global head of comms,and reports to Mark Truby, vice-president, Ford of Europe comms.

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