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Notices of Amendments: 5 September 2013                  

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Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning

 

and Trade Union Administration Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Graham Allen

 

Mrs Anne Main

 

Kate Hoey

 

John Mann

 

137

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  5,  page  3,  line  38,  at end insert—

 

‘(aa)    

details of any communications or meetings with a Minister of the Crown

 

or Permanent Secretary that do not fall within section 2(3), and.’.

 

Mr Graham Allen

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Sheila Gilmore

 

Fabian Hamilton

 

Paul Flynn

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Graham Stringer

 

Mark Durkan

 

Stephen Williams

 

Kate Hoey

 

John Mann

 

56

 

Clause  5,  page  3,  line  47,  at end add—

 

‘(c)    

if the registered person engaged in lobbying in the quarter in return for

 

payment (whether or not the payment has been received), the purpose and

 

subject matter of the lobbying services provided by the registered person;

 

and

 

(d)    

if the registered person received payment in the quarter to engage in

 

lobbying (whether or not the lobbying has been done) the purpose and

 

subject matter of the lobbying services provided by the registered

 

person.’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

Mark Durkan

 

37

 

Clause  5,  page  3,  line  47,  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.’.

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Mr Graham Allen

 

152

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  5,  page  3,  line  47,  at end add—

 

‘(c)    

if the registered person received payment in the quarter to engage in

 

lobbying (whether or not the lobbying has been done) the amount of

 

payment received.’.

 



 
 

Notices of Amendments: 5 September 2013                  

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Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning

 

and Trade Union Administration Bill, continued

 
 

Jon Trickett

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

Mark Durkan

 

38

 

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

 


 

Jon Trickett

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

Mark Durkan

 

39

 

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

 


 

Jon Trickett

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

40

 

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

 


 

Mr Andrew Lansley

 

81

 

Clause  12,  page  6,  line  22,  leave out subsection (1) and insert—

 

‘( )    

If a person carries on the business of consultant lobbying in breach of section 1(1)

 

(lobbying whilst unregistered), an offence is committed by—

 

(a)    

the person, and

 

(b)    

any employee of the person who engages in lobbying in the course of that

 

business.’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

41

 

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

 



 
 

Notices of Amendments: 5 September 2013                  

631

 

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning

 

and Trade Union Administration Bill, continued

 
 

Jon Trickett

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

42

 

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

 


 

Mr Andrew Lansley

 

82

 

Clause  22,  page  10,  line  28,  leave out subsection (3).

 

Jon Trickett

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

43

 

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

 


 

Mr Andrew Lansley

 

83

 

Clause  23,  page  11,  line  13,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

Regulations under subsection (1) may make provision permitting or requiring the

 

Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs to supply to the

 

Registrar, on request, such information regarding any person who is, or is

 

required to be, registered under the Value Added Tax Act 1994 as is specified in

 

the regulations.’.

 


 

Mr Andrew Lansley

 

84

 

Clause  25,  page  11,  line  31,  leave out from ‘lobbying’ to end of line 32.

 

Mr Andrew Lansley

 

85

 

Clause  25,  page  12,  line  1,  at end insert ‘of consultant lobbyists’.

 



 
 

Notices of Amendments: 5 September 2013                  

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Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning

 

and Trade Union Administration Bill, continued

 
 

Duty to apply a code of conduct

 

Jon Trickett

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

Mark Durkan

 

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.’.

 


 

Disclosure of names of professional lobbyists

 

Jon Trickett

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

Mark Durkan

 

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.’.

 



 
 

Notices of Amendments: 5 September 2013                  

633

 

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning

 

and Trade Union Administration Bill, continued

 
 

Definition of consultant lobbying

 

Mrs Anne Main

 

NC5

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

In section 1 “consultant lobbying” means activities which are carried out in the

 

course of a business for the purpose of—

 

(a)    

influencing government; or

 

(b)    

advising others how to influence government.

 

(2)    

Activities are to be taken as having the purpose specified in subsection (1) if a

 

reasonable person would assume, having regard to all the circumstances, that the

 

activities were intended to have the effect described in subsection (1)(a) or (b).

 

(3)    

In this section “government” includes, within the United Kingdom—

 

(a)    

central government, devolved government, local government;

 

(b)    

members and staff of either House of Parliament or of a devolved

 

legislature;

 

(c)    

Ministers and officials; and

 

(d)    

public authorities (within the meaning of section 6 of the Human Rights

 

Act 1998).

 

(4)    

Subsection (1) does not include—

 

(a)    

anything done in response to or compliance with a court order;

 

(b)    

anything done for the purpose of complying with a requirement under an

 

enactment;

 

(c)    

a public response to an invitation to submit information or evidence;

 

(d)    

a public response to a government consultation exercise;

 

(e)    

a formal response to a public invitation to tender;

 

(f)    

anything done by a person acting in an official capacity on behalf of a

 

government organisation; or

 

(g)    

an individual who makes representations solely on his or her own behalf.

 

(5)    

In subsection (1) “influencing” includes informing, but making information or

 

opinions public (for example, by way of advertisements or attributed articles in a

 

newspaper) is not the provision of lobbying services.

 

(6)    

In this section—

 

(a)    

“business” includes any undertaking, including charitable and not-for-

 

profit undertakings; and

 

(b)    

services provided by or on behalf of an undertaking are provided “in the

 

course of a business”, even if the persons providing the services are

 

acting on a pro bono, volunteer or not-for-profit basis.

 

(7)    

Subsection (1) applies whether a person is acting—

 

(a)    

on behalf of a client;

 

(b)    

on behalf of an employer;

 

(c)    

as a volunteer on behalf of a charitable or other organisation; or

 

(d)    

on the person’s own behalf (subject to subsection (4)(g)); but the

 

Secretary of State may by regulations made by statutory instrument

 

permit persons who provide lobbying services on behalf of an

 

organisation (in any capacity) to rely on the organisation’s registration.

 

(8)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations made by statutory instrument provide

 

that a person does not contravene section 1 by providing lobbying services

 

without being registered, provided that the person becomes registered within a


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 5 September 2013                  

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Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning

 

and Trade Union Administration Bill, continued

 
 

specified period beginning with the first date on which those services were

 

provided.’.

 


 

Professional lobbyists taking up employment in government

 

Jon Trickett

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

Mark Durkan

 

NC7

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Any professional lobbyist registered under section 1 taking up a senior position

 

in Government will—

 

(a)    

have their appointment scrutinised by a Committee, and

 

(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 set out in subsection (1)(b).’.

 


 

Clause 26, Schedule 3, Clauses 27 to 32, Schedule 4, Clauses 33 to 35,

 

New Clauses relating to Part 2, New Schedules Relating to Part 2

 

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)’.’.

 

Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

62

 

Clause  26,  page  12,  leave out lines 24 to 44.

 

John Thurso

 

Stephen Lloyd

 

Andrew George

 

Simon Hughes

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

46

 

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


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 5 September 2013                  

635

 

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning

 

and Trade Union Administration Bill, continued

 
 

Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

60

 

Clause  26,  page  12,  leave out line 30.

 

Mr Graham Allen

 

Fabian Hamilton

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Graham Stringer

 

Mark Durkan

 

Sarah Champion

 

Andrew George

 

Chris White

 

Kate Hoey

 

John Mann

 

Charlotte Leslie

 

131

 

Clause  26,  page  12,  leave out lines 31 to line 3 on page 13 and insert—

 

 

“For election purposes” means activity which can reasonably be regarded as

 

intended for the primary purpose of—

 

(a)    

promoting or procuring electoral success at any relevant election

 

for—

 

(i)    

one or more particular registered parties;

 

(ii)    

one or more registered parties who advocate (or do not

 

advocate) particular policies or who otherwise fall

 

within a particular category of such parties; or

 

(iii)    

candidates who hold (or do not hold) particular opinions

 

or who advocate (or do not advocate) particular policies

 

or who otherwise fall within a particular category of

 

candidates; or

 

(b)    

otherwise enhancing the standing—

 

(i)    

of any such party or parties; or

 

(ii)    

of any such candidates,

 

with the electorate in connection with future relevant elections (whether

 

imminent or otherwise).’.

 

Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

64

 

Clause  26,  page  12,  line  31,  leave out ‘or in connection with’.

 

Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

63

 

Clause  26,  page  13,  leave out lines 1 to 8.


 
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