Lobbyist Lionel Zetter says industry will embrace Government's statutory register

Leading public affairs consultant Lionel Zetter told a Commons committee yesterday that the industry would embrace a statutory register, but warned against 'bureaucratic and expensive regulation'.

Quizzed: Lionel Zetter, CIPR board member
Quizzed: Lionel Zetter, CIPR board member
The Political and Constitutional Reform Committee questioned APCO senior councillor and CIPR board member Zetter, in the wake of the Government launching its consultation into reform of the industry.   

At the session, Zetter said that the industry would embrace measures that enhanced its professional standards and highlighted good ethical practice.

Commenting on the discussion, Zetter said: ‘Both the consultation document and the questioning from the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee show that there is broad support for a statutory register. There is not, however, any appetite for bureaucratic and expensive regulation.’

Also providing oral evidence were Tamasin Cave of the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and professor Justin Fisher, from Brunel University.

The 12-week consultation, which is seeking views on issues including the definition of a lobbyist, has caused controversy with the suggestion in-house PR professionals could be excluded from any register set up.

A spokesperson for the CIPR said: ‘Lionel’s comments are in line with the CIPR’s view that a statutory register should be universal, have no "good cause" exemptions and provide a level playing field in lobbying.’

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