Owing to three identified areas of concern and associated evidence already placed before the committee in the form of a joint letter - http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/exclusive-activists-and-mps-take-on-citys-influence-on-parliament-8960909.html - the relationship between Parliament and the City Corporation in its particular capacity as direct and in-direct “lobbyist” alongside its other capacities, may compromise the Nolan principles of public life and may lead to policy outcomes that are not in the public interest.
The letter identifies three areas of concern in this relationship:
1. Direct Lobbying, particularly through the office of the City Remembrancer inside Parliament.
2. Indirect Lobbying, particularly through the work of “The City UK” and
3. The City’s failure, in its electoral processes, to meet undertakings to Parliament pursuant to the City of London (Ward Elections) Act 2002.
Taken together, these three areas of City Of London activity indicate a problematic arrangement that has built up within our democratic institutions. This relationship has been left unexamined.
Public confidence in Parliament is key, but an apparent disregard for Parliamentary statute, the need for public accountability and hugely disproportionate, unmonitored and unaccountable levels of influence over central government will only serve to weaken public trust in our national institutions.
A transparent process of scrutiny driven by widespread and growing civic concern and conducted within the auspices of this Committee would very clearly serve the public interest and greatly improve the quality and transparency of our democratic processes.
- Chair - Committee on Standards in Public Life
Launch an inquiry into the relationship between parliament and City of London.
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