In an interview for PRWeek TV, figures from the PRCA and CIPR condemned the plans.
Matt Cartmell, director of comms for the PRCA, described the plans as the result of ‘a combination of cowardice and laziness'.
‘Laziness because they’ve had plenty of time to come up with a great response to the consultations they held last year and the year before,' he said. 'They haven’t bothered to do that.'
'Cowardice because I think there’s a certain amount of fear about upsetting big businesses.’
PRWeek revealed earlier this week that the PRCA, with the support of the CIPR and APPC, was looking at the possibility of a legal challenge to the proposed bill.
The announcement that it would be part of a bill by the end of July followed a series of media stings, and fears that any efforts to create a register had been dropped.
Phil Morgan, director of policy and comms at the CIPR, said the Government was ‘rushing to a conclusion which isn’t a logical one’.
‘If you have a limited register you create a loophole, and there’s an invite to avoidance,’ he added.