The Cabinet Office has indicated it is to move two officials into support roles for the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists, claiming the original timetable for the appointment remains intact.
The Registrar position has been re-advertised by the Cabinet Office after it was unable to attract a suitable candidate for the post before the initial closing date of 19 May.
The position is yet to be filled and the financial allowance allocated for the position has been increased to £420.
A Cabinet Office spokesman said: “Two staff from the Cabinet Office are being seconded to make the necessary preparations for establishing the Office of the Registrar and to provide support to the Registrar when appointed”.
He added: “The Statutory Register of Consultant Lobbyists will be an important way of increasing the transparency of contacts between third party lobbyists and those at the top of government. The timetable has always been to have the register in place before the General Election, and we are on target to meet that.”