Investigation case summary – New Statesman event emails
Monday 10th June 2019
Organisation or person investigated
Possible unregistered consultant lobbying by New Statesman.
New Statesman did not meet statutory criteria for consultant lobbying in relation to the activities in question
Summary of rationale for decision
Explicit confirmation from New Statesman that the event in question did not go ahead, and that they do not communicate with Ministers about Government business and on behalf of sponsors. Accordingly, New Statesman did not meet the statutory definition of consultant lobbying in relation to the activities in question.
|12 July 2017
|Indicative information received from third party (anonymity requested) of possible unregistered consultant lobbying activity by New Statesman in relation to organising an event that a Minister would be invited to attend.
|21 July 2017
|Letter from Registrar to New Statesman, drawing attention to requirements for registration, stating evidence had been received of possible consultant lobbying, and seeking response.
|18 September 2017
|In absence of reply, Registrar writes again to New Statesman, using alternate contact details.
|23 November 2017
|In absence of a reply, statutory Information Notice issued to New Statesman.
|15 January 2018
|Reply received by ORCL stating simply that New Statesman do not believe they act as consultant lobbyist and don’t therefore need to register (no reasoning given to support that). Further set of contact details provided for any future correspondence on the matter.
|31 January 2018
|Further letter from Registrar to New Statesman, using the further set of contact details, advising that a more substantive response to the Information Notice would be required.