Lobbying

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Latest News:

24.01.2017: We are now beginning to plan the development of an online register, and creating guidance to assist with interpreting the rules and regulations of the Act. As part of this work we intend to keep interested parties informed of our progress. If you would like to be added to our database and receive updates from us then please register your interest at:

lobbying@parliament.scot

Overview – what the new Act will do

The Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016 became law in April 2016. 

The Act is designed to improve transparency of lobbying contact between organisations and:

  • Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

  • Scottish Government Ministers

  • The Permanent Secretary of the Scottish Government

  • Scottish Government Special Advisers

You can read about how the Bill progressed through the Scottish Parliament and what it covers in a short summary from the Scottish Parliament’s research and information service (SPICe). Full details on the parliamentary scrutiny of the Bill can also be found here.

Download the Lobbying (Scotland) Bill summary [PDF, 120KB]


Timetable for the Lobbying Register

After the Lobbying (Scotland) Bill was given Royal Assent in April 2016, it was envisaged that a ‘register of lobbyists’ should be fully operational within 18 to 24 months.

Work on the register is now underway.  The public procurement process to develop an online register has also started. 


Contact Us

If you have any questions, or want to get in touch, please contact:

Lobbying Register Team

Tower 4, TG.01

The Scottish Parliament, EH99 1SP

Email: lobbying@parliament.scot

0131 348 5408