18.04.2017: REMINDER: The Lobbying Register Team are still seeking applications for the Working Group and the the deadline for submitting applications is 12 Noon tomorrow (19 April).
07.04.2017: Lobbying Register Working Group: The Lobbying Register Team have extended the deadline for applications for the Working group to 12:00 pm on Wednesday 19 April, due to the Easter school holidays period.
The Lobbying Registrar, Billy McLaren, was in Cardiff this week to give evidence to the Welsh Assembly's Standards of Conduct Committee as part of its inquiry into lobbying. Video of this session is currently available to view here.
30.03.2017: The outline timetable for the introduction of Scotland's new online Lobbying Register has been announced today.
The formation of a new Working Group has also been announced and is being set up to help provide further information and assistance as the Act moves towards full implementation. Application forms for the Working Group are now available to view here.
Click here for more information on both.
24.03.2017: We've published today a short document and video aimed at encouraging stakeholders and those with an interest in the new Lobbying Register to sign-up to receive further updates.
15.03.2017: The Scottish Parliament has now awarded a contract to develop Scotland's new Lobbying Register. Northgate Public Services (UK) Ltd will work with the Scottish Parliament to develop the register which will allow those undertaking lobbying activity in Scotland to register quickly and easily. An indicative timetable for roll-out of the Register will be available later this month.
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:
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.