Designated Public Officials
Section 6(4) of the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 requires each public body to publish a list of designated public officials of the body. The purpose of the list is twofold:
- To allow members of the public identify those persons who are designated public officials; and
- As a resource for lobbyists filing a return to the Register who may need to source a designated public official’s details.
Section 5(7) of the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 provides that the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform shall prepare and publish a code, to be known as the "Transparency Code", which sets out how certain relevant public bodies, such as ministerial advisory groups, may conduct their activities in a transparent way.
By adhering to the Transparency Code, communications within these bodies would meet the exemption from the requirement to register and report on lobbying activities.