London,
31
January
2017

PRCA responds to the National Assembly of Wales’ Standards of Conduct Committee Inquiry into Lobbying

Responding to the latest Assembly of Wales consultation, the PRCA has outlined its definition of lobbying and the status quo of industry regulation for practitioners engaging with the National Assembly of Wales.

The Committee’s work intends to establish whether what the public wants to know regarding lobbying is clear and, if so, whether the arrangements at present provide enough information to meet their expectations.

The response establishes that the right statutory register could complement the existing structure of industry regulation and deliver the utmost transparency in Wales. However, any lobbying register must be truly universal in order to capture all those carrying out lobbying services in a professional capacity. Above all, any statutory register must avoid the shortcomings of the UK statutory Register of Consultant Lobbyists, which falls short of achieving full transparency.

The full PRCA response can be viewed here.

Nicholas Henry Dunn-McAfee MPRCA, Head of Public Affairs, Policy, and Research, PRCA, said: “It is clear that our members are committed to transparency and we welcome any work looking into lobbying and the Assembly. This entire debate does have to be framed by the fact that the status quo is not nil regulation, but industry-led regulation: the PRCA Public Affairs and Lobbying Code of Conduct and the PRCA Public Affairs and Lobbying Register have served the industry for years and will continue doing so."

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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.

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