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House of Commons

 
 

Notices of Amendments

 

given on

 

Wednesday 4 September 2013

 

Committee of the whole House


 

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and

 

Trade Union Administration Bill

 

Jon Trickett

 

1

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  4,  leave out ‘consultant’ and insert ‘professional’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

2

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  5,  leave out ‘consultant’ and insert ‘professional’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

3

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  6,  leave out ‘or’ and insert ‘and’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

4

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  8,  after ‘lobbyists’, insert ‘and

 

(c)    

the person has signed up to the Register’s Code of Conduct.’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

5

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  11,  leave out ‘consultant’ and insert ‘professional’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

6

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  11,  after ‘subordinate’, insert ‘European’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

7

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  12,  leave out ‘consultant’ and insert ‘professional’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

8

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  2,  leave out ‘on behalf of another person or persons’.


 
 

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9

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  4,  leave out paragraph (b) and insert—

 

‘(b)    

in return for payment the person advises others how to make

 

communications within subsection (3).

 

(c)    

in return for payment the person arranges or facilitates a formal or

 

informal meeting within subsection (3).’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

10

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  7,  after ‘written’, insert ‘including electronic’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

11

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  8,  leave out from ‘communications’ to ‘relating’ in line 9 and

 

insert ‘made to government or parliament, as defined in subsection (5).’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

12

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  19,  at end insert ‘or parliament’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

13

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  20,  leave out ‘Minister or permanent secretary’ and insert

 

‘person being lobbied’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

14

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  24,  leave out from ‘the government means’ to end of

 

subsection (5) and insert ‘“government and parliament” includes, within the United

 

Kingdom—

 

(a)    

Ministers or officials of government departments;

 

(b)    

Members and staff of either House of Parliament;

 

(c)    

Special advisers and senior civil servants;

 

(d)    

Non-ministerial departments, non-departmental public bodies and

 

executive agencies and their senior staff;

 

(e)    

Advisers and consultants to government and parliament within the

 

meaning of this subsection, who are not employed by, or seconded to

 

government or parliament but have an official, if temporary, role.’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

Mr Gareth Thomas

 

15

 

Schedule  1,  page  50,  line  11,  leave out sub-paragraph (1) and insert ‘Nothing in

 

Part 1 of the Schedule will affect Members of Parliament and Lords and their

 

parliamentary privilege.’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

Mr Gareth Thomas

 

16

 

Schedule  1,  page  50,  line  15,  leave out sub-paragraph (2).


 
 

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17

 

Schedule  1,  page  50,  line  18,  leave out ‘consultant’ and insert ‘professional’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

Chi Onwurah

 

18

 

Schedule  1,  page  50,  line  19,  leave out sub-sub-paragraphs 3(1) (a) and (b) and

 

insert—

 

‘(a)    

the person is a constituent contacting or communicating with their

 

Member of Parliament;

 

(b)    

the person is making communications solely on his or her own behalf;

 

(c)    

the person is responding to a government consultation exercise;

 

(d)    

the person is responding to an invitation to submit information or

 

evidence to a Parliamentary Select Committee or Public Bill Committee;

 

(e)    

the person is acting in an official capacity on behalf of a government

 

organisation;

 

(f)    

a person is making communications without remuneration;

 

(g)    

the person is responding to or complying with a court order,’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

19

 

Schedule  1,  page  50,  line  25,  leave out sub-paragraph 3(2)  and insert—

 


 

‘ A person is carrying on the business of professionl lobbying if they are acting—

 

(a)    

on behalf of a client, or

 

(b)    

on behalf of an employer.’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

20

 

Schedule  1,  page  50,  line  30,  leave out sub-paragraph 3(3) .

 

Jon Trickett

 

21

 

Schedule  1,  page  50,  line  34,  leave out sub-paragraph 3(4) .

 

Jon Trickett

 

22

 

Schedule  1,  page  51,  line  8,  leave out ‘consultant’ and insert ‘professional’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

23

 

Schedule  1,  page  51,  line  8,  after ‘if’, insert ‘the activity involves’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

24

 

Schedule  1,  page  51,  line  21,  leave out ‘consultant’ and insert ‘professional’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

25

 

Schedule  1,  page  51,  line  43,  leave out paragraph (7).


 
 

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Jon Trickett

 

26

 

Schedule  1,  page  52,  line  10,  leave out paragraph (8).

 

Jon Trickett

 

27

 

Schedule  1,  page  52,  line  16,  leave out paragraph (10).

 

Jon Trickett

 

28

 

Schedule  1,  page  52,  line  20,  leave out paragraph (11).

 

Jon Trickett

 

29

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  34,  leave out ‘consultant’ and insert ‘professional’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

30

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  35,  leave out ‘consultant’ and insert ‘professional’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

31

 

Schedule  2,  page  53,  line  1,  after ‘Minister’, insert ‘after consultation with the

 

Political and Constitutional Reform Committee of the House of Commons.’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

32

 

Clause  4,  page  2,  line  38,  leave out ‘consultant’ and insert ‘professional’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

33

 

Clause  4,  page  3,  line  12,  leave out ‘consultant’ and insert ‘professional’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

34

 

Clause  4,  page  3,  line  21,  at end insert—

 

‘(c)    

the approximate value of the registered person’s spending on their

 

lobbying activities for each quarter.’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

35

 

Clause  4,  page  3,  line  29,  at end insert—

 

‘(c)    

specify any other information required under subsection 4(2) to be

 

included in the register.’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

36

 

Clause  5,  page  3,  line  37,  after ‘information’, insert ‘and spending on lobbying’.


 
 

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and Trade Union Administration Bill, continued

 
 

Jon Trickett

 

37

 

Clause  5,  page  4,  line  1,  at end insert—

 

‘(4)    

Spending on lobbying for each quarter is the approximate value of the amount a

 

registered person spends on their lobbying activity for each quarter.’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

38

 

Clause  6,  page  4,  line  25,  leave out ‘consultant’ and insert ‘professional’.

 

Duty to apply a code of conduct

 

Jon Trickett

 

NC1

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Registrar shall, after wide consultation with relevant stakeholders including

 

the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee of the House of Commons,

 

prepare a code of conduct with which all registered persons will be required to

 

comply, and may produce revised codes from time to time;

 

(2)    

The Secretary of State must lay any professional lobbying code of conduct before

 

Parliament.

 

(3)    

Any code shall provide that any inappropriate financial relations between

 

registered persons and parliamentarians are strictly forbidden.

 

(4)    

An organisation or person included on the register which contravenes the

 

provisions of the code of conduct shall be liable to civil penalties as set out in

 

Section 14.’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

39

 

Clause  9,  page  5,  line  12,  leave out ‘consultant’ and insert ‘professional’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

40

 

Clause  10,  page  5,  line  28,  leave out from ‘offence’ to end of line 30.

 

Jon Trickett

 

41

 

Clause  12,  page  6,  line  22,  leave out ‘consultant’ and insert ‘professional’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

42

 

Clause  14,  page  7,  line  39,  at end insert ‘or breaches the code of conduct’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

43

 

Clause  22,  page  10,  line  31,  leave out ‘seek to’.


 
 

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Disclosure of names of professional lobbyists

 

Jon Trickett

 

NC2

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘The Government must disclose the names of all persons who are professional

 

lobbyists that work for them, including senior persons—

 

(a)    

who are employed directly with the UK Government;

 

(b)    

who are formally employed by the political party or parties that form the

 

Government;

 

(c)    

who are employed on a temporary basis as consultants; and

 

(d)    

contractors.’.

 

Professional lobbyists taking up employment in government

 

Jon Trickett

 

NC3

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Any professional lobbyist taking up a senior position in Government will—

 

(a)    

have their appointment scrutinised by a committee;

 

(b)    

have restrictions placed on their activities as set out in subsection (3).

 

(2)    

“Senior position in Government” means a position as Senior Civil Servant or their

 

equivalent.

 

(3)    

The Minister, after consultation with relevant stakeholders, may make

 

regulations about the activities specified in section (1)(b).’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

44

 

Title,  line  2,  leave out ‘consultant’ and insert ‘professional’.

 

John Thurso

 

Andrew George

 

Simon Hughes

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

45

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  9,  after ‘secretary’, insert ‘or special adviser’.

 

John Thurso

 

Stephen Lloyd

 

Andrew George

 

Simon Hughes

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

46

 

Clause  26,  page  12,  line  28,  leave out subsections (3) and (4).


 
 

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Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning

 

and Trade Union Administration Bill, continued

 
 

John Thurso

 

Stephen Lloyd

 

Andrew George

 

Simon Hughes

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

47

 

Clause  26,  page  12,  line  23,  leave out ‘subsections (2) to (4)’ and insert ‘subsection

 

(2)’.’.

 

Charitiy or non-party campaigning

 

John Thurso

 

Stephen Lloyd

 

Andrew George

 

Simon Hughes

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

NC4

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘Nothing in Part 2 of this Act shall limit the capacity of a charity or non-party

 

campaigning organisation to comment on public policy in so far as it does not

 

seek to influence the outcome of an election in so doing.’.

 

Mr Graham Allen

 

Paul Flynn

 

Sheila Gilmore

 

Fabian Hamilton

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Mr Andrew Turner

 

48

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  11,  leave out subsection (1) and insert—

 

‘(1)    

For the purposes of this Part, a person carries on the business of lobbying if in the

 

course of a business and in return for payment—

 

(a)    

the person makes communications within subsection (3), or advises

 

another person on the making of communications within subsection (3),

 

and

 

(b)    

none of the exceptions in Part 1 of Schedule 1 applies.’.

 

Mr Graham Allen

 

Paul Flynn

 

Sheila Gilmore

 

Fabian Hamilton

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

49

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  7,  leave out subsection (3) and insert—

 

‘(3)    

The communications within this subsection are oral or written communications

 

made personally to a Member of either House of Parliament, a Minister of the

 

Crown or permanent secretary or senior civil servant or special advisor relating

 

to—

 

(a)    

the development, adoption or modification of any proposal of the

 

Government to make or amend primary or subordinate legislation;

 

(b)    

the development, adoption or modification of any other policy of the

 

Government;


 
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