What does the General Election mean for the IAB’s policy priorities?

May 23rd '24

Beth Rogers, IAB UK’s (Internet Advertising Bureau) Public Policy Manager, summarises what the impending election means for the progress of their regulatory priorities – from the DPDI Bill to the Online Advertising Taskforce.


It’s official – a rain-soaked Rishi has fired the starting pistol on what is guaranteed to be frenetic weeks of campaigning before we head to the polls on the 4 July. But as the country weighs up whether things really can only get better, IAB Public Policy Manager, Beth Rogers, takes a look at what will happen next – including how the impending election impacts the IAB’s and their members’ policy priorities in the short-term. Over to Beth.


What they know…

With the election little over a month away, Parliament will be dissolved on Friday 24 May, which (at the time I’m writing) gives the Government only one day to pass its remaining legislation. The Government will now aim to expedite key Bills by reaching rapid agreement with the other parties – known as ‘the wash up’ – to ensure they complete their passage and become law before the end of this week.


Any Bills that do not achieve consensus and do not make it through the wash-up will ‘fall’ and it will be up to the next Government to decide whether to re-introduce them. Any legislation that is brought back in the next Parliamentary session can be amended by the new Government and treated as ‘new’ legislation – meaning that it will need to pass through every stage of the legislative process.


IAB initial understanding at this stage is that the Data Protection and Digital Information (DPDI) Bill will fall due to the level of opposition it has faced. However, the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers (DMCC) Bill, which was at a more advanced stage, has now been passed. IAB will confirm the status of both Bills as soon as they know more.


Entering the pre-election period

IAB now enter the ‘pre-election’ period, sometimes referred to as ‘purdah’. During this period, Government departments will not make any significant public policy announcements or appointments – unless they are deemed to be essential and in ‘the national interest’.


That means that they now do not expect any announcements on the status of the Online Advertising Programme legislation consultation or HFSS secondary legislation until the next Government is in place.


As the Online Advertising Taskforce is a non-legislative initiative, this is likely to continue in some form – although there will now be no Ministerial meetings until after the election. IAB will update members when they know more.


And the manifestos?

Parties usually publish their manifestos around three weeks before polling day (in this case around the 10 June), though this could happen sooner. Rumour has it that Labour will issue their manifesto first.


The IAB has already written to the three main parties to inform their thinking about approaches to digital regulation and will share a summary of the main manifestos and what they could mean for the industry once they are published.


Source: IAB UK


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