The History of UKPAC

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In June 2007, the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) announced its inquiry into the lobbying industry.

As part of the Committee’s ongoing investigations, the three founding industry members of what was to become the UK Public Affairs Council provided oral evidence to the Committee's later inquiry later in July of that year. Click here for more information

The Committee published its report Lobbying: Access and influence in Whitehall, in December 2008 report, in which it recommended that a public register of Lobbyists be created.

Under the stewardship of Sir Philip Mawer, former Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards and independent advisor to Prime Minister Gordon Brown, a body comprising the APPC, CIPR and PRCA was formed to begin implementing the Committee’s recommendation for a public register.

The first meeting of the UK Public Affairs Council took place in July 2010, with the three industry bodies being joined by three independent members, including the Chairman Elizabeth France CBE.

That month, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced that the Government's intention to legislate for a statutory register of lobbyists.

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