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Yes, sure. The purpose behind our proposal, which was included in the Coalition agreement at the establishment of the government, the purpose of a statutory register of lobbyists is principally, not exclusively, but principally to address the issue about the status of lobbyists who aren't, like Mr Michel for News International, for instance, in-house lobbyists but are lobbyists for several different entities, like a commercial lobbyist.

Why is that a specific issue? It's a specific issue because it's not always obvious who that individual is speaking on behalf of. They invariably do make it known to the person they're speaking to, but we felt that as a matter of principle it is good to have complete transparency about the status of commercial lobbyists who are acting on behalf of a whole array of different interests and that that is publicly known, and that's included in the statutory register of lobbyists, and that it's crucially known by politicians and the decision-makers to whom they are addressing themselves.

That's the kind of nub of what we're trying to deal with. We have consulted on how you do that, because there's a lot of, as you can imagine, devil in the detail about how you define lobbyists, what information you include in the statutory register and so on. That consultation went on until April of this year and Mark Harper will be coming forward shortly with his observations and all the evidence and responses which were provided in that consultation, and then we will legislate to create a statutory register of lobbyists.

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