CIPR welcomes Political and Constitutional Reform Committee's call to scrap third party lobbyist register
The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has today responded to a report from the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee (PCRC) that calls to scrap current proposals as laid out in the Government’s ‘Introducing a Statutory Register of Lobbyists’ consultation.
The Institute agrees with the PCRC report that the Government’s proposals as they stand “create a narrow focus for a register that will meet a Coalition pledge, but do little to improve transparency” and supports the Committee's calls for any statutory register of lobbyists to be universal in its scope.
The CIPR also agrees with the Committee that any statutory register of lobbyists should be underpinned by a strong definition of lobbying as an activity, but refutes calls from the Committee that point toward burdening the industry with further regulation.
Jane Wilson, CIPR CEO said:
Speaking on the subject of the definition of lobbying and the broad scope of a universal register as recommended by the Committee, Jane Wilson added:
On the subject of a register which supports existing models of self-regulation, Jane Wilson commented:
On the subject of over-burdening the industry with further regulation, Ms Wilson concluded:
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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.
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