PRCA supports Select Committee Chair's call to Government to act on lobbying

The PRCA has supported calls from Graham Allen MP, Chair of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee (PCRC), for the Government to act on the Committee’s recommendations for a Statutory Register of Lobbyists. The Committee’s recommendations, which were informed by written and oral evidence provided by the PRCA last year, urged the Government to go further than its proposals to only include third-party consultancies.  

Francis Ingham, PRCA Director General, said: “The Committee’s recommendations were correct to point out that the Government’s proposals would do little to improve transparency without including in-house lobbyists. But this point was made in July 2012, and even earlier by the PRCA and the wider lobbying industry during the consultation period.

“Since then we have heard nothing from the Government, which is running out of time to fulfil its commitment to a White Paper and Draft Legislation in this Parliamentary Session. The Cabinet Office must urgently come clean about its plans for the lobbying register.” 

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For more information on the PRCA's lobbying activity, please contact tom.hawkins@prca.org.uk

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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 150 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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