Press Notice 20, Session 2007-08

5 February 2007


The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) holds its third evidence session on lobbying on Thursday by hearing from the three main representative organisations in the field: the Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC), the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA).

The APPC will be represented by its Chair, Gill Morris; the CIPR by its immediate past President, Lionel Zetter; and the PRCA by the Head of its Public Affairs Committee, Rod Cartwright.

The session gives the Committee the opportunity to explore how the organisations and those they represent operate, as well as their views on the appropriate level of regulation for lobbying activity. One of the focuses of questioning is likely to be the effectiveness of self-regulation through ethical codes that the organisations ask their members to follow, but to which a number of prominent lobbying firms do not subscribe.

The evidence session will take place at 10.00am on Thursday 7 February in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House.

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Committee Membership: Tony Wright (Chairman) (Lab) (Cannock Chase), Mr David Burrowes (Con) (Enfield, Southgate), Paul Flynn (Lab) (Newport West), David Heyes (Lab) (Ashton under Lyne), Kelvin Hopkins (Lab) (Luton North), Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Con) (Bridgewater), Julie Morgan (Lab) (Cardiff North), Mr Gordon Prentice (Lab) (Pendle), Paul Rowen (Lib Dem) (Rochdale), Charles Walker (Con) (Broxbourne), Jenny Willott (Lib Dem) (Cardiff Central)

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