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PRCA /APPC/ Comres Summer Party

London, 6th July - Mark Harper MP, the minister for political and constitutional reform, announced at the PRCA /APPC/ Comres Summer Party that a white paper on a statutory register of lobbyists will be produced in this parliamentary session, before the next Queen's Speech.

Speaking to a packed room full of public affairs professionals at the St Stephens' Club, the minister also announced that the Cabinet Office will publish a summary of consultation responses before the summer recess.

Harper maintained that a register of lobbyists would come into statute before the next general election, but it is still not clear whether the Government intends to ditch its original proposals that would omit in-house lobbyists, who comprise around 80% of the industry.

Emily Wallace, PRCA Public Affairs Chairman said: “It was great to see the whole industry out in force to hear Mark Harper confirm that he has heard us loud and clear, a register of lobbyists should cover all those who lobby regardless of who they work for.”

“We look forward to the publication of the summary of the consultation responses later this month and are keen to continue to discuss the proposed scope and scale of a register as the Department starts work on a White Paper and Draft Bill”.

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