Transparency Bill – government concessions

Yesterday Lords amendments came to the Commons for consideration. The Government has accepted the principle of my amendment on including Special Advisers (SpAds) in the regime of transparency about who lobbyists get to meet in government. However, the Conservative Party refuses to ‘switch on’ this provision at this stage, and probably for the duration of this . . . → Read More: Transparency Bill – government concessions

Transparency Bill update

The Government’s Transparency Bill is nearly complete.  It is a very different Bill from that introduced to the House of Commons in the autumn.  Full marks to Tom Brake who, while robustly rebuffing the more hysterical accusations about the Bill, has listened, and worked hard inside government to secure a sensible package of improvements.  The first . . . → Read More: Transparency Bill update

“Outrageous” cost of calling Government – TYLER

Lib Dem Peer Lord Tyler this week (Thursday) branded charges made for calls to government telephone numbers “outrageous”.  

Speaking in a debate about private companies making money from providing official services like passport applications and European Health Insurance Cards he asked if the responsible Minister was aware of occasions “when the Government make money out of . . . → Read More: “Outrageous” cost of calling Government – TYLER