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Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Pendle of 22 April 2009, Official Report, column 694W, on lobbying, which interested parties the Government has consulted; and when the Government plan to respond to the report; (287287)

(2) what progress has been made in the Government's review of lobbying; when she plans to respond to the First Report of the Public Administration Committee of Session 2008-09 on Lobbying: access and influence in Whitehall; and if she will make a statement.

The Government have consulted a range of interested parties, including practitioners and policy makers in the lobbying industry, the voluntary and charitable sector and the OECD. The Government plan to respond to the report from the Public Administration Select Committee on lobbying shortly.