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Inquiry into Lobbying

Response to the consultation

Evidence submitted in response to this Consultation

Purpose of the consultation

The National Assembly of Wales’ Standards of Conduct Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the current arrangements relating to lobbying at the National Assembly for Wales.


The arrangements have been in place since 2013, and there was a commitment to review these regularly, to ensure that they remain fit for purpose in the context of a dynamic devolution process. This inquiry is particularly timely given the introduction of legislation in Westminster and Scotland. The Committee’s inquiry intends to establish whether it is clear what the citizen wants to know with regards to lobbying and if so, whether the arrangements in Wales at present provide enough information, accessibility and transparency?


To assist with its inquiry, the Committee would welcome your views on whether the Assembly’s current arrangements relating to lobbying are sufficiently robust and fit-for-purpose for the Fifth Assembly and in particular;


  • Is there a need for change?
  • What do you understand by the term lobbying?
  • How is lobbying regulated at the moment?
  • Do you consider yourself a lobbyist? How is lobbying regulated within your sector at the moment? E.g. if you are a private business, third sector, professional organisation.
  • Have you encountered any problems with the current arrangements?
  • Are there any areas you consider to be unregulated in this area which pose a risk to the accountability and reputation of governance in Wales?
  • What would you consider to be the impact of introducing a new regime to deal with lobbying?


Invitation to contribute to the inquiry

The Committee welcomes responses in English or Welsh.


Submissions should be no longer than five sides of A4, with numbered paragraphs, and should focus on matters set out above. Please see guidance for those providing evidence for committees.


If you wish to submit evidence, please send an electronic copy (preferably not in PDF) of your submission to SeneddStandards@Assembly.Wales


Submissions should arrive by 31 January 2017.  It may not be possible to take into account responses received after this date.


Disclosure of Information

The Assembly’s policy on disclosure of information is available, please ensure that you have considered these details carefully before submitting information to the Committee.  Alternatively a hard copy of this policy can be requested by contacting the Clerk (0300 200 6565).

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