CIPR criticises Coalition Government for lack of progress on a Statutory Register of Lobbyists in Mid-Term Review
The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has today criticised the Coalition Government for their failure to progress with their proposals for a Statutory Register of Lobbyists.
This comes after the publication of the Coalition Government’s Mid-Term Review which offered no further insight into the progress of a Statutory Register and simply repeated the wording of the Coalition Pledge, published in May 2010.
Commenting, the Chair of CIPR Public Affairs, Simon McVicker MCIPR, said:
It is disappointing to see in the Coalition Government’s Mid-Term Review that barely any progress has been made towards introducing a Statutory Register of Lobbyists. Two and a half years on from the first promise to establish a register and with the Government’s self-imposed March 2013 deadline for draft legislation fast approaching, all they have to show for it is an initial proposal that has been roundly rejected by the industry and many others including the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee.
Whatever peoples’ views are around the Statutory Register of Lobbyists, everyone is growing impatient with the lack of progress and lack of information from the Cabinet Office on how a register might work in practice. If the Government is struggling to find a way forward, then the CIPR and other industry bodies are willing to assist and advise and can convene a wealth of knowledge and experience to support the development of the proposals.
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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).