The Eastern Daily Press reports that under the move, a public register would be obliged to declare their membership of pressure groups, trade unions, the Freemasons or other influential bodies.
The council's newly-created standards committee voted unanimously in favour of the proposal, which will go before the council's cabinet executive tomorrow. Ian Bruce, provincial grand master for Norfolk, said yesterday that if it was felt such disclosures would result in more transparency in local government, the masons would support the move.
He said: 'We have no objection to the phrasing of the original motion. If people are going to be asked to declare their part-time activities, we have no problem with that. What we object to is where people are asked whether they are a mason or not.
Eric Minett, who proposed the motion, said the Freemasons was the organisation with which the public were most concerned as it had an exstensive support network which was not comparable with other organisations.
'I think membership of golf clubs should be declared if they seem to be relevant, but the Freemasons is something because it is deliberately secretive, which golf societies are not,' he said.