The preferred candidate for Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists is set to appear at a ‘pre-appointment hearing’ before the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee of MPs on Thursday 11th September.
The Cabinet office has refused to confirm the identity of the preferred candidate, saying only that an announcement would be made “in due course”. The hearing’s scheduling comes after it emerged that two Cabinet Office officials had been tasked with setting up the Office of the Registrar.
A pre-appointment hearing for the position in June was cancelled after the Cabinet Office failed to select a preferred candidate and was forced to re-advertise the post with a higher financial allowance.
The Political and Constitutional Reform Committee has been highly critical of the Government’s drafting and management of the Parliamentary process for the lobbying act and is likely to ask searching questions of the preferred candidate for the position.
The Registrar has considerable power to shape the implementation of the lobbying act, including the ability to publish guidance that will inform the scope of the act and the charges to be levied on the industry.