London,
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November
2016

Lobbying (Transparency) Bill: industry welcomes Lord Lansley's move to oppose statutory code of conduct

In response to Lord Lansley’s amendments to Lord Brooke’s Lobbying (Transparency) Bill as it enters committee stage, Francis Ingham MPRCA, Director General, PRCA, said:

“There are many things Lord Brooke got right when he drafted his Bill: a statutory code of conduct for lobbyists was not one of them and Lord Lansley is right to oppose it.

“Proving that we should concern ourselves with the real outcomes of legislation rather than any misconceptions or intentions, a statutory code of conduct has the genuine potential to undermine the way this industry operates. It completely neglects to recognise and include codes of conduct which have served the industry for decades such as the PRCA’s own.

“A statutory code of conduct inevitably ignores the high ethical standard of that already exists, works to create misgivings around third parties informing the democratic process, and creates the impression that all organisations on the register meet a desirable ethical requirement.

“Lowering the bar like this is one of the biggest risks to our industry and the idea was rightly consigned to the scrapheap with the Lobbying Act 2014 and Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016. We call on the House of Lords to oppose Clause 7 and stand on the right side of the argument once again.”

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About the PRCA

Who we are: Founded in 1969, the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) is a UK-based PR and communications membership body, operating in 48 countries around the world. We represent in excess of 20,000 people across the whole range of the PR and communications industry. The PRCA promotes all aspects of public relations and communications work, helping teams and individuals maximise the value they deliver to clients and organisations.

What we do: The Association exists to raise standards in PR and communications, providing members with industry data, facilitating the sharing of communications best practice and creating networking opportunities.

How we do it and make a difference: All PRCA members are bound by a professional charter and codes of conduct, and benefit from exceptional training. The Association also works for the greater benefit of the industry, sharing best practice and lobbying on the industry's behalf e.g. fighting the NLA's digital licence.

Who we represent: The PRCA currently has more than 400 agency members; 270 in-house PR and communications teams from multinationals, charities and leading public sector organisations; and thousands of individual members.

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