The deadline for the Government’s consultation is this Friday, having being extended by a week.
Francis Ingham, PRCA chief executive, said: ‘Getting the definition right is crucial to creating a register that promotes transparency and produces public trust in our industry and the political institutions they lobby. Unfortunately the Government’s proposed definition is worryingly narrow and therefore unfit for purpose.’
The PRCA suggests that a definition that focuses on the act rather than the profession will ensure that all lobbyists will be placed on the register, including professionals that lobby as part of in-house teams, think-tanks, trade unions, NGOs and trade association bodies such as the PRCA.
The PRCA adds that this definition was produced following a survey of PRCA members that ‘overwhelmingly stated that the Government’s definition was unsuitable’.
Following the consultation, the Government expects to produce a White Paper with draft legislation included at some point this year.