PRCA calls for Chloe Smith to engage with the lobbying industry

London, 11th September – The PRCA has called for Chloe Smith, who has been handed the ministerial brief for the proposed statutory register of lobbyists, to listen and engage with the industry.

Smith has joined the Cabinet Office from the Treasury to take over from Mark Harper, whose consultation proposals into a statutory register are still being considered following widespread criticism that it would not include in-house lobbyists.

The Government is expected to publish a draft bill and White Paper before May. However, important decisions regarding the definition and scope of the register have yet to be finalised. During the consultation process the PRCA called for a universal statutory register that included all who lobbied in a professional capacity.

Emily Wallace, PRCA Public Affairs Chairman and Director at Connect Communications, commented: “Chloe Smith has a White Paper and bill to draft, and has some big decisions to make. I hope she takes the time to understand the issues fully, engage with the industry and listen to all of us that are committed to introducing a statutory register that works".

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