PRCA responds to Times article on APPGs

Responding to today's front page story in the Times on all-party parliamentary groups (APPGs), Francis Ingham, PRCA Director General, said:
 
"APPGs serve a valuable function. They provide parliamentarians with access to expert information on often difficult, specialist topics, and therefore improve the decision-making process.
 
"Because of a lack of resourcing from the parliamentary authorities, APPGs frequently rely on outside support in order to function. This is no bad thing, so long as such support is provided on a no-strings-attached basis, and is transparent. 
 
"There is clearly a distinction to be made between outside parties transparently providing secretariat services to an APPG, and outside parties hiding their involvement in APPGs, or providing inducements to parliamentarians. The first is proper and helpful, the second is clearly wrong.
 
"As the professional body for public relations and public affairs practitioners, we insist that our members declare any support provided to APPGs. They do this on a quarterly basis, in a published register. They have done so for the past decade, as a condition of our Code of Conduct.
 
"Those who choose not to be our members often do so because they are afraid of such transparency and Codes of Conduct. Parliamentarians should think long and hard about allowing unregulated third parties who avoid transparency to run their Parliamentary groups. There are obvious and significant risks in doing so."
 

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About the PRCA
 
Who we are: Founded in 1969, the PRCA is the professional body that represents UK PR consultancies, in-house communications teams, PR freelancers and individuals. The PRCA promotes all aspects of public relations and internal communications work, helping teams and individuals maximise the value they deliver to clients and organisations.
 
What we do: The Association exists to raise standards in PR and communications, providing members with industry data, facilitating the sharing of communications best practice and creating networking opportunities.
 
How we do it and make a difference: All PRCA members are bound by a professional charter and codes of conduct, and benefit from exceptional training. The Association also works for the greater benefit of the industry, sharing best practice and lobbying on the industry's behalf e.g. fighting the NLA's digital licence.
 
Who we represent: The PRCA represents many of the major consultancies in the UK, and currently has more than 300 agency members from around the world, including the majority of the top 100 UK consultancies. We also represent over 100 in-house communications teams from multinationals, UK charities and leading UK public sector organisations.

 

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