This was in time for consideration of Lords amendments by the House of Commons on 22 January.
"The Government has rushed the Transparency of Lobbying Bill through Parliament without proper time for scrutiny. Yet again, the Committee has had to produce a report in a matter of hours, thanks to the timetable imposed by the Government.
The Bill has been improved since it was first published, thanks to amendments made in the Commons and the Lords. However, we remain seriously concerned that about the very narrow focus of the Government’s lobbying register. Without the changes that we recommended in our original report, to expand the register to cover all those who lobbying professionally, and all those who offer professional advice on lobbying, the Bill will do little to increase transparency.
In our original report, we called on the Government to raise the thresholds at which third parties would have to register with the Electoral Commission. This, and other changes that we called for, have now been made. But we would still like to see further changes, including restoring the spending limits in England, Scotland, and Wales to their current levels.
We continue to regard this Bill as an example of how not to make legislation. It should serve as a reminder to future Governments that consultation and pre-legislative scrutiny are vital elements of the process of producing good legislation—not mere formalities that can be dispensed at the convenience of the Government."