Press Notice 16, Session 2007-08

22 January 2007


The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) holds its second evidence session on lobbying on Thursday by hearing from three critics of the way the public affairs industry currently operates and of how it is regulated - Professor David Miller and Dr William Dinan of Spinwatch, and Peter Facey of Unlock Democracy.

Spinwatch “monitors the role of public relations and spin in contemporary society”. Unlock Democracy “argues and campaigns for a vibrant, inclusive democracy that puts power in the hands of the people” and campaigns in particular  “for transparency in public decision making”.

The session gives the Committee the opportunity to explore the witnesses’ views and concerns on areas including: how lobbying works in practice, how the industry might be regulated, what degree of transparency is possible, and how politicians, civil servants and lobbyists interact.

The evidence session will take place at 10.00am on Thursday 24 January 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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