Thursday, 4 March 2004

Questions (52)

Breeda Moynihan-Cronin

Question:

41 Ms B. Moynihan-Cronin asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he has received the results of the research the IPA was asked to carry out into the regulation of lobbyists in other countries; if the Government remains committed to introducing legislation to control or regulate political lobbying; when the promised code of conduct for staff and members of local authorities will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7144/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

I expect that the Institute of Public Administration's report on practice in the regulation of lobbying in other countries will be finalised this month. The report will be considered along with other current legislative proposals and initiatives in this area and the question of further legislation will be considered in this context. Draft codes of conduct for staff and members of local authorities were circulated for observations in December 2003 and I intend to have these definitively promulgated by mid 2004.