Government officials well lobbied by the IT industry

IT suppliers and consultants are among the biggest entertainers of senior UK government officials, an official list published by the government reveals.

IT suppliers and consultants are among the biggest entertainers of senior UK government officials, an official list published by the government reveals.

Fujitsu, EDS, KPMG, Ernst & Young, and PricewaterhouseCoopers feature fairly prominently in the government hospitality list for 2007.

Two out of nine invitations accepted by civil service head Gus O'Donnell were from IT consultancies, including a dinner and visit to the Chelsea Flower Show.

Fujitsu tops the IT industry league, accounting for 39 or more than 2% of the 1,739 invitations declared by almost 200 civil servants.

KPMG provided hospitality 35 times, followed by Ernst & Young (22), PricewaterhouseCoopers (21), EDS (13) IBM (12) and CapGemini (11).

HM Revenue & Customs had the most attention from the IT industry, accepting more than 40 invitations from IT suppliers or consultants in a year. Seven were from Fujitsu.

The government hospitality list was published by the Cabinet Office for the first time yesterday as part of a plan to open up the world of lobbying to public scrutiny.

The decision to accelerate the plan followed revelations in January about Labour peers who allegedly offered to alter laws in return for cash.

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