Investigation case summary – Institute of Economic Affairs activities for E Foundation
Monday 10th June 2019
Organisation or person investigated
Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA)
Possible consultant lobbying by Institute of Economic Affairs on behalf of E Foundation and/or its members.
IEA had not met statutory criteria for consultant lobbying in this case.
Summary of rationale for decision
Explicit confirmation from IEA that they had not received payment – directly or indirectly – from the E Foundation or its members, meant that the IEA did not meet one of the key statutory criteria of consultant lobbying (payment by a third party). Accordingly, IEA could not be considered a consultant lobbyist in relation to the activities in question.
|29-30 July 2018||Media articles from Guardian and Unearthed including indicative evidence of consultant lobbying by IEA for E Foundation.|
|Early August 2018||Consideration of initial published evidence by Registrar (Alison White) and decision that case warranted investigation.|
|20 August 2018||Letters from Registrar to IEA and Unearthed. Explained remit of Registrar, referred to published guidance on consultant lobbying by think tanks, and asked for any further evidence relevant to the case.|
|3 September 2018||Further evidence provided by Unearthed.|
|6 September 2018||Substantive response to investigation received from IEA.|
|22 September 2018||Transfer of case to new Registrar (Harry Rich).|
|Early October 2018||Consideration of papers and evidence by new Registrar.|
|29 October 2018||Letter from Registrar to IEA setting out supplemental questions about funding and meetings with Ministers in relation to E Foundation and its members.|