The newspaper quoted a Tory source saying the proposal ‘was in effect dead as ministers focused on "big issues" rather than devote resources to a Liberal Democrat idea’.
The Cabinet Office spokesman said the report did not change its position on plans for the register and repeated a promise to ‘bring forward our proposals in due course’.
Francis Ingham, PRCA director-general, said: ‘As the statutory plans appear to have gone by the wayside, the PRCA will continue to operate its own Public Affairs Register, which covers consultancies, in-house lobbying departments, and individual professional practitioners. Our register demonstrates that the industry desires - not fears - transparency.’
Last month, PRWeek reported widespread scepticism about the Government’s desire to proceed with the plans as its stated deadline for publishing draft legislation slipped away.