P-05-818 Introducing a Register of Lobbyists in Wales
This petition was submitted by Centre for Welsh Studies - Think Tank, having collected 55 signatures.
Text of Petition
call on the National Assembly for Wales to to introduce a Statutory Register
for Lobbyist in Wales.
This Petition follows a trend in both Scotland and Ireland towards increased openness around political lobbying.
Lobbying is a legitimate and valuable activity. It is a crucial part of a healthy democracy. The words lobbying and lobbyist can have negative connotations, implying deals done behind closed doors. The reality is that the more voices that inform the Government and the Assembly’s thinking in Wales, the more informed politicians are to legislate, to develop new policy and to scrutinise. For this reason, and on the basis that the Assembly is founded on principles of openness and accessibility, lobbying should be actively encouraged. It is positive how open and accessible and willing to engage the Assembly and Government already are. No action should be taken that will change this or indeed put people off approaching politicians on any issue.
This petition was considered completed by the Petitions Committee at its meeting on 04/02/2020.
The Committee agreed to close the petition in light of the intention of the Standards Committee to carry out further work on this issue and to set out a proposal for the sixth Assembly, and the lack of recent contact with the petitioners.
Full details of the consideration of this petitions by the committee and related documents can be seen on the Meetings tab above.
It was first considered by the Petitions Committee on 03/07/2018.
Assembly Constituency and Region
Business type: Petition
Reason considered: Assembly Business;
First published: 08/06/2018