Lobbyists' register to be published
Tuesday 01 March 2011
A voluntary register of lobbyists is to be published today amid accusations from transparency campaigners that it only features a small proportion of the controversial industry.
The UK Public Affairs Council (UKPAC) is to publish details of firms and individuals who work in lobbying alongside lists of their clients.
But critics claim that the vast majority of lobbyists - up to 90% - are shunning the register and so will not be included.
The move follows years of demands for greater openness about who is trying to influence Government policy for whom.
MPs have raised concerns about the perceived "privileged access and disproportionate influence" wielded by lobbyists operating in the shadows.
The Public Administration Select Committee has called for a statutory register, which the Government is committed to introducing.
The UKPAC was set up by industry bodies the Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC), the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA).
Members of those organisations who meet a definition of lobbying set out by the UKPAC are required to put their details on the register.
Campaign group the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency claimed that as few as 10% of lobbyists would be on the register when it goes live today.
Spokeswoman Tamasin Cave said there were no law firms, management consultants, accountancy firms, charities or think tanks on it.
"This new register is no more than a PR stunt from the PR experts," she said.
"With so few lobbyists registered, and so little information revealed, the public and parliamentarians still don't know which outside interests are wielding, in David Cameron's words, 'unhealthy influence'.
"Only a statutory register of lobbyists can force the £2 billion influence industry out into the open, so that we can really see who is lobbying whom, and crucially which policies they are trying to influence and how much money they are spending.
"The Government must act on its promise now to introduce a statutory register."
- 1 Al Pacino on suffering from depression: 'It can last and it's terrifying'
- 2 Half of young women unable to ‘locate vagina’ and 65% find it difficult to say the word
- 3 Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb
- 4 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 5 Mexican woman becomes world’s 'oldest person' at 127
Perez Hilton apologises for publishing Jennifer Lawrence naked photo leak
Jennifer Lawrence 'nude photo hacker' claims there are hundreds more celebrity images to come
Victoria Justice on naked photo leak: 'Let me nip this in the bud right now – pun intended'
Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb
Ariana Grande nude photos leak: Pictures are completely fake, say singer's representatives
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Ashya King: Parents of five-year-old boy refused permission to visit him in hospital and denied bail at Spanish court
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
Ukip Douglas Carswell defection: Tory MP jumps ship to join Nigel Farage
£26000 Per Annum: The Green Recruitment Company: Job Title: SAP Assessor Job T...
£100 - £120 per day: Randstad Education Crawley: Year 6 larger then life teach...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Plymouth: SEN Jobs Available Devon
£600 - £900 per day: Harrington Starr: Infrastructure Lead, (Trading infrastru...