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Local Government: Lobbying

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether guidance has been given to local authorities on retaining lobbyists and public affairs firms for the purposes of seeking to influence Government policy. (319266)

Local authorities have traditionally sought to influence Government policy through their representative bodies, principally the Local Government Association, London councils and the National Association of Local Councils, and individually through making representations to Government. This Department has issued no guidance about the retention of lobbyists or public affairs firms to assist such activities.