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(non) regulation of lobbying in the uk December 17, 2009

Posted by Bradley in : lobbying , trackback

The House of Commons Public Administration Committee published a report yesterday which concludes that not much progress hs been made on the regulation of lobbying:

We are encouraged that our report has led to some tentative movement in the direction of better regulation of lobbying and greater transparency on the part of government and the lobbying industry. However, progress is slow and we remain sceptical that effective regulation will be achieved without legislation. Some lobbyists may be delaying regulation in the hope that the concentration on their activities will die down after a General Election. This would be a cynical attitude which we believe would misjudge the public mood. If the industry is serious about trying to avoid external regulation then it needs to have robust procedures in place for self-regulation before the General Election.

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