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About our governance

The Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists is an independent statutory office, sponsored by the Cabinet Office.

The Office is funded via Grant in Aid from the Cabinet Office. However, as per the Cabinet Office regulations, the Office will seek to recoup its costs (excluding its staffing and shared services costs) via the fees charged to registrants for using the Register.  The Registrar is accountable to Parliament for the activities of her Office.

Relationship to the Cabinet Office

The Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists has a established a Memorandum of Understanding with the Cabinet Office to set out the framework of the relationship and in particular:

  • the role of the Office
  • finance and accountability arrangements
  • the services and resources the Cabinet Office will provide the Office in order that it can carry out its statutory duties
  • the governance arrangements under which the Office will operate.

Relationship to Parliament and Annual Statement of Accounts

The Registrar is accountable to Parliament for the activities of the Office. The Registrar must send a copy of the Annual Statement of Accounts to the Comptroller and Auditor General, who will then examine, certify and report on the Statement ahead of laying a copy of the Statement before Parliament, in accordance with the Act.

Publications

Consultations on Registerable communications, and Codes of Conduct


Guidance updates on registration and compliance


Investigation case summary - Calvert Communications

Between October and December 2018, the Registrar investigated an allegation of unregistered consultant lobbying by Calvert Communications, in relation to activities a vacancy notice job description indicated staff would undertake. A summary of the investigation and conclusion can be downloaded by clicking the heading above.


Investigation case summary - Institute of Economic Affairs activities for E Foundation

Between July and November 2018, the Registrar investigated allegations of unregistered consultant lobbying by the Institute of Economic Affairs, in relation to communications and meetings with UK Government Ministers on behalf of the E Foundation. A summary of the investigation and conclusion can be downloaded by clicking the heading above.


Investigation case summary - New Statesman event emails

Between July 2017 and October 2018, the Registrar investigated alleged unregistered consultant lobbying by the New Statesman, in relation to the organisation of an event involving Government Ministers and paying attendees. A brief summary of the investigation and conclusion can be downloaded by clicking the heading above.


2019-20 Business Plan

The Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists, Harry Rich, published his Business Plan today, setting out key priorities to ensure continued compliance with the Transparency of Lobbying [etc] Act 2014.


Record of all statutory notices issued by the Registrar

Click on the heading to download a record of all statutory notices issued by the Registrar since the Transparency of Lobbying [etc] Act 2014 came into force. Statutory notices are: information notices; and civil penalty notices (including the precursor 'notice of intention to issue a civil penalty'). Basic information is provided on the reason for each notice being issued and - in the case of civil penalties - the amounts. Up to date as at end June 2019.


Record of Registrar's external communications in 2019

Click on the heading to download a record of all the written and oral external communications conducted by the Registrar, Harry Rich, from 1 January 2019. We aim to update this record monthly. Updated to end of May 2019.


Record of Registrar's external communications in 2018

Click the heading to download a record of all the written and oral external communications conducted by the Registrar, Harry Rich, from 22 September 2018 (the date he took office) to 31 December 2018.


Record of Registrar's interests

Click the heading to view a record of the Registrar's external interests.


2017 - 2018 Statement of Accounts

On 19 July, following audit by the National Audit Office, the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists’ Statement of Accounts were laid before Parliament.


2018 - 2019 Business Plan

The Registrar of Consultant Lobbyist, Alison White, published her Business Plan today, setting out key priorities to ensure continued compliance with the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014.


2016 - 2017 Statement of Accounts

On 20 July, following audit by the National Audit Office, the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists’ Statement of Accounts were laid before Parliament.


2017 - 2018 Business Plan

The Registrar of Consultant Lobbyist, Alison White, published her Business Plan today, setting out key priorities to ensure continued compliance with the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014.


2016 - 2017 Business Plan

The Registrar’s Business Plan for 2016-17 sets out how she will fulfil her statutory obligations and the costs of running her office.


2015 – 2016 Statement of Accounts

Statement of Accounts for the period 2015 to 2016.


2015 - 2016 Business Plan

The Registrar’s business plan (April 2015 – March 2016) sets out how she intends to fulfil her statutory obligations.


2014 - 2015 Statement of Accounts

Statement of Accounts for the period 23 May 2014 to 31 March 2015.


Memorandum of Understanding with Cabinet Office (updated 24 January 2019)