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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.