CIPR, APPC and PRCA condemn Government’s plans to introduce limited statutory register of lobbyists
The CIPR, APPC and PRCA have condemned the Government’s plans to introduce a limited statutory register of lobbyists as outlined in today’s Opposition Day Debate on ‘Lobbying’ and have issued the following joint statement:
We welcome the call from the Rt Hon Graham Allen MP requesting further pre-legislative scrutiny in order to prevent the delivery of a register of lobbyists that is doomed to fail against the stated aims that the government put forward in their original proposal.
We also welcome Mr Allen’s calls for the government to consider a hybrid model for any potential code of conduct linked with the register. This would help to ensure that those who lobby could be held to account, but also ensure that the existing high standards that are set by our bodies continue to be met.
We will continue to work together to reach out to Government and seek to persuade Ministers that any statutory register should cover all those who lobby professionally.
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About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK and overseas. The CIPR is the largest membership organisation for PR practitioners outside of North America. By size of turnover and number of individually registered members, we are the leading representative body for the PR profession and industry in Europe.
The CIPR advances professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public through a code of conduct and searchable public register, setting standards through training, qualifications, awards and the production of best practice and skills guidance, facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status (Chart.PR).