Press Notice 23, Session 2007-08

4 March 2007

PASC TO HEAR FROM LOBBYISTS WHO REFUSE TO SIGN UP TO INDUSTRY CODES OF CONDUCT

The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) continues its inquiry into lobbying on Thursday 6 March when it takes evidence from three lobbying firms who refuse to sign up to either of the self-regulatory codes for the industry (those of the APPC and PRCA). The Law Society will also be appearing.

At 10:00am the Committee will hear from Peter Bingle of Bell Pottinger Public Affairs and Mike Granatt of Luther Pendragon. Both firms have provoked controversy by declining to disclose publicly who all their clients are, as would be required for membership of either regulatory body.

Subsequently at 11:00am or shortly afterwards, the Committee will take evidence from Eben Black of Global Government Relations and Richard Schofield of the Law Society. Global Government Relations is the public affairs arm of DLA Piper, a major international law firm. This session will consider whether there are barriers preventing law firms who lobby from disclosing their clients, and whether there is fair competition in the lobbying marketplace.

The evidence session will take place in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House.

For more information about the work of the Committee, visit our website at: www.parliament.uk/pasc  


FURTHER INFORMATION:

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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