Regulating lobbying/United Kingdom

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In June 2007 the U.K Public Administration Committee launched an investigation into the lobbying industry. The inquiry specifically aims to address "the transparency of the lobbying industry, the effectiveness of recent attempts at self-regulation, and whether the rules for those in Parliament and government should be changed." [1]

In October 2007 the commitee will visit Washington D.C. to research the U.S. system for regulating lobbying. [2]

Reaction of the PR and Lobbying Industry

In July 2007 the vice-chairman of the PR company Edelman Europe, Michael Burrell, expressed wariness that the U.K. government might emulate the U.S. regulatory standards. "I think that our self-regulatory system works remarkably well," he told PR Week. [3]

Inquiry Background Paper

Committee Conbtact Details

Eve Samson,
Public Administration Select Committee,
Committee Office, First Floor, Committee Office,
7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA
Email: pubadmincom AT parliament.uk
Website: http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/public_administration_select_committee/pasclobbying.cfm

Other SourceWatch Resources

References

  1. U.K. Public Administration Select Committee, "Lobbyists, access and influence, June 2007. (Word document).
  2. David Singleton, "MPs to visit US as part of lobbying investigation", PR Week, July 25, 2007.
  3. David Singleton, "MPs to visit US as part of lobbying investigation", PR Week, July 25, 2007.
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