Levy is no windfall yet for lobbying companies

Two companies resisting the Government’s proposed windfall tax said this week they would not be hiring lobbying agencies as part of their campaign to avoid the levy on privatised utilities.

Two companies resisting the Government’s proposed windfall tax said

this week they would not be hiring lobbying agencies as part of their

campaign to avoid the levy on privatised utilities.



Airports operator BAA, which has sought legal advice on the tax, is

limiting activity to exchanging basic information with Government

officials.



’There’s virtually no lobbying going on,’ said BAA director of corporate

and public affairs, Des Wilson.’The Chancellor always made it clear

Labour wouldn’t be open to individual lobbying. This isn’t an issue

where we believe there’s a lot of lobbying necessary.’



BT also said this week it has not appointed an agency to lobby against

the tax.



’At the moment there’s nothing to lobby against, we have not been named

as one of the companies to be subjected to windfall tax,’ said a

spokesman.



BT, which has threatened legal action, will re-consider hiring lobbyists

if it is named in the summer budget as one of the utilities to be taxed.



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