Following the publication of the Welsh Government’s interim report on lobbying, Committee Chair Jayne Bryant AM gave an update on ‘The Future of Lobbyists in Wales’ at yesterday's Public Affairs Cymru event.
The report was published by the Standards of Conduct Committee following public consultation and recognises the “role of lobbying in the democratic process”. To ensure greater transparency and accountability for the Welsh Assembly, the report makes a number of recommendations. These include ensuring that all Assembly Member sponsored events held on the Assembly Estate (not just those in public spaces) are included in the public diary and looking at ways to ensure transparency without the need for a statutory register.
The Committee received evidence during consultation suggesting that the publication of Assembly Member diaries may help establish the extent of lobbying activity in Wales. Members of the Committee have volunteered to publish their diaries in a pilot scheme to determine how useful this information might be.
Jayne Bryant AM stressed the need for ongoing dialogue and thanked members of Public Affairs Cymru for their contribution to the consultation. She stressed they would be keeping a close eye on the success of the recently implemented Scottish legislation requiring a statutory register, along with monitoring developments in Westminster.
Further information and the full report form the Standards and Conduct Committee can be viewed by clicking here.
Recommendations will now be considered by the Committee.