Below is UKPAC’s definition of lobbying. Guidance on some of the terms used and a list of public affairs services are also provided. It is this definition that the UKPAC applies when considering whether or not an organisation or individual should register.
Download the definition here: Definition of Lobbying
Lobbying means, in a professional capacity, attempting to influence, or advising those who wish to influence, the UK Government, Parliament, the devolved legislatures or administrations, regional or local government or other public bodies on any matter within their competence.
Lobbyists are those who, in a professional capacity, work to influence, or advise those who wish to influence, the institutions of government in the UK, in respect to:
Institutions of government means the UK Government, Parliament, the devolved legislatures or administrations, regional or local government or other public bodies Public Affairs services means the provision of:
Public Affairs practitioner means any individual who, in a professional capacity, provides, as a substantive and sustained part of their responsibilities, public affairs services as defined above.
As the words “in a professional capacity” indicate, private individuals seeking to influence public office-holders are intended to be excluded from the ambit of UKPAC and the requirement to register. So too are those who are not providing public affairs services but who (for example, as heads of not-for-profit organisations or Board members of commercial companies) engage occasionally with the institutions of government as a purely incidental part of their role. Nonetheless UKPAC would hope that both they and private individuals engaged in lobbying would observe the Guiding Principles designed to encourage good conduct by all who seek to influence the institutions of government.