Lobbying under new scrutiny

The PRCA, the IPR and the APPC have formed a joint working group to look at the regulation of lobbying and have invited cabinet secretary Sir Richard Wilson and chairman of the House of Commons standards and privileges committee Robert Sheldon to participate in the group.

The PRCA, the IPR and the APPC have formed a joint working group to

look at the regulation of lobbying and have invited cabinet secretary

Sir Richard Wilson and chairman of the House of Commons standards and

privileges committee Robert Sheldon to participate in the group.



The three bodies set up the group last week following allegations of

misconduct by public affairs consultants made in the Observer

newspaper.



Wilson’s remit covers the relationship between Government and lobbyists

while Sheldon’s extends to Parliamentary contact with lobbyists.



Simon Nayyar, chairman of the PRCA’s public affairs committee, said: ’We

will consider a full range of issues including whether there should be

formal registration of lobbyists and how far you extend the definition

of lobbyists.’



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