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The Register of Consultant Lobbyists was established by the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 (“the Act”). The legislation sets out the information which is required to be included and published by the Registrar, but makes no comment on the ability of, or the requirement on, the Registrar to publicise changes as a result for example, of compliance activities, information notices or responses received in relation to such notices. This updated guidance addresses issues of communication about compliance activity, retention of information and how long disclosure should be in the public domain, and has been prepared taking into account the views of stakeholders through consultation, and has been minimally updated in May 2018 to take account of the changes required by the General Data Protection Regulation.
The guidance includes the future approach I will take regarding the publication of changes to statutory information; the appropriate length and time that information should be published and the circumstances and length of time where matters of non-compliance should be published and retained. I draw a clear distinction between publishing information on my website or on the face of the Register, the latter being subject to the Act.
As Registrar, I subscribe to the Secretary of State’s Code of Practice on the management of records, and this policy sets out the approach I intend to take in that regard. If you need support or have a question, please contact my Office.
Alison J White