Think tanks and lobbying: statutory register must be expanded

Responding the recent press coverage about alleged links between think tanks and the lobbying process, the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) has welcomed comments from Alison White, Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists, and again called for the statutory lobbying register to be expanded to include all lobbyists rather than simply some third-party consultants.  Francis Ingham MPRCA, Director General, PRCA, said: “Think tanks play a vibrant and vital part in the political process. But recent coverage simply adds to the mistaken belief that somehow the lobbying process is unethical and broken.…

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Industry responds to the launch of the Lobbying Register in Scotland

Responding to the launch of the Lobbying Register in Scotland, the PRCA has welcomed its broad scope, while warning that the “burdensome and unnecessary amount of information” required from registrants and statutory code of conduct risk deterring engagement with the Scottish Parliament. Organisations and individuals (including those working in-house and within consultancies) carrying out activities which meet the Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016’s definition of “regulated lobbying” are required to record those details on the Lobbying Register in Scotland. The Act’s definition of lobbying is specifically limited to oral face-to-face communications…

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