Tories will force civil servants to disclose 'full details' of lobbying meetings

The Conservative Party has outlined plans to inject greater transparency into lobbying by making top civil servants publish details of meetings on the web.

Concerns: David Cameron
Concerns: David Cameron

The party's technology manifesto, published yesterday, states: ‘We will put online the salaries of the 35,000 most senior civil servants. These civil servants will also be required to publish, online and in full, details of expense claims and meetings with lobbyists.'

The Tories will also require public bodies to publish 'online departmental organograms showing the job titles of every member of staff'.

The plans come a month after Tory leader David Cameron expressed concerns over secretive corporate lobbying - an issue on which Labour has, so far, remained relatively silent.

In a speech on 8 February, Cameron said: ‘We don't know who is meeting whom. We don't know whether any favours are being exchanged. We don't know which outside interests are wielding unhealthy influence.

‘This isn't a minor issue with minor consequences. Commercial interests - not to mention government contracts - worth hundreds of billions of pounds are potentially at stake.'

The Tories have also pledged to revise guidelines stating that former ministers should not lobby government for at least 12 months after leaving office. ‘We will start by doubling that to two years,' said Cameron.

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