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Lobbying

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of Angela Smith Angela Smith Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office

(1) whether it is the Government's intention that any future legislative proposal on lobbying will exempt meetings between a member of the House and his or her constituents;

(2) whether it is his policy that the cost of a statutory register of lobbyists should be met from the public purse or by the lobbying industry;

(3) whether he has estimated the cost of a statutory register of lobbyists;

(4) what progress his Department has made in drafting legislation to create a statutory register of lobbyists; and when he intends to bring forward legislative proposals on this matter;

(5) whether it is his policy that an independent body should be set up to run and monitor any statutory register of lobbyists.

Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The consultation document “Introducing a Statutory Register of Lobbyists” was published to gather evidence from experts in the field and members of the public. The consultation closed on 20 April 2012 and we will respond in due course after reviewing the responses we received.

Responses to the Government's consultation generally endorsed the Government's clear view that the interaction between a constituent and their MP should not be classified as a form of lobbying.

The Government's consultation proposed funding by the industry itself, through registration fees. We are reviewing the responses we received on this question.

The Government's consultation proposed that any register should be run by a body independent of Government and the industry. We are reviewing the responses we received on this question.

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