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.
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.
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