Russia: Lobbying

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 19th July 2022.

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Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if she will make it her policy to ban lobbying of UK government officials by firms based in Russia.

Photo of Graham Stuart Graham Stuart Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

We do not have a policy to ban lobbying by firms based in specific countries. We do however have robust measures to provide transparency and powerful tools to deter illicit or harmful activity when that arises. The National Security Bill, currently before Parliament, will provide a range of additional tools and powers to tackle state threats, including activity which amounts to foreign interference in UK public life.

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