Cross-Party Groups

What are Cross-Party Groups?

Cross-Party Groups (CPGs) provide an opportunity for Members of all parties, outside organisations and members of the public to meet and discuss a shared interest in a particular cause or subject.

Applications for recognition as a CPG must be submitted to the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee for approval and only those Groups approved by the Committee are permitted to use the title ‘Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament’.

How do Cross-Party Groups operate?

The operation of CPGs is regulated by Section 6 (Volume 2) of the Code of Conduct for MSPs which outlines the procedures for establishing a CPG and sets out the framework for their operation.

The framework set out in the Code of Conduct for the operation of CPGs is not prescriptive in relation to the procedures to be followed by the Groups and Groups may determine their own procedures, provided that these procedures are in line with the general rules set out in Section 6.

Further guidance in relation to CPGs can be found in the Best Practice Guidance and in Volume 3 of the Code of Conduct.

Registration process

Re-registration for previously recognised Groups

A previously recognised Group may re-register within 90 days of the first meeting of the Parliament following an ordinary or extraordinary general Scottish Parliamentary election.  For the purposes of calculating the 90 day period, no account will be taken of any time during which the Parliament is in recess for more than 4 days. Therefore the date that all previously recognised Groups must re-register by is 30 October 2016.

A Group seeking to re-register must follow the process of holding an initial meeting and electing office bearers as set out in Section 6.2 of the Code.  Within 30 calendar days of the initial meeting the Convener must submit a completedregistration form to the Standards clerks.  If the Group meets the criteria detailed below the Standards clerks, in consultation with the Convener of the SPPA Committee, will undertake a sifting exercise and highlight applications to be referred to the Committee for further scrutiny (either through a paper to the Committee or an evidence session with the Convener of the proposed group). 

Groups that do not require further scrutiny will be re-registered. If the Group does not meet the criteria, the Standards clerks will draw the application for re-registration to the attention of the Convener of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.  The Convener will decide whether the Group can be re-registered or if the application should be considered by the Committee before a decision is reached.

The Standards clerks will apply the following criteria to re-registrations—

Name and purpose of Cross-Party Group: These must be the same as were registered in the previous Session to be considered for re-registration; 

MSP membership: There must be at least 5 MSP members and at least one MSP from the majority of the parties or groups represented on the Parliamentary Bureau; 

Non-MSP membership: There are two categories of membership, individual and organisational.  For organisational members, if a Group has listed names of individuals who may represent the organisation at meetings, the registration will be updated so that only the name of the organisation is given and the Group informed.  The balance of MSP to non-MSP members must be “Parliamentary in nature”; 

Office Bearers: There must be at least 2 MSP office bearers and one of these must be the Convener of the Group; 

Financial Benefits: the value and source of any financial benefit must be given.  In the first instance, the Group will be contacted and asked to provide more information; 

Contact: Must be the Convener of the Group;

Annual Return: The application for recognition must be accompanied by the Group’s most recent Annual Return to demonstrate that the Group has previously operated effectively and in compliance with the Code.

Registration of new Groups

New Groups must follow the process of holding an initial meeting and electing office bearers as set out in Section 6.2 of the Code.  The name and purpose of the Group must also be confirmed at the initial meeting. Within 30 calendar days of the initial meeting, the Convener must submit a completedregistration form to the Standards clerks. 

Once the completed registration form has been received by the Standards clerks it will go to the next suitable meeting of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee. The Convener of the proposed Group will be invited to that meeting to discuss the Group's registration.

Modification of Volume 2, Section 6.4.1 of the Code of Conduct

Volume 2, Section 6.4.1 of the Code of Conduct requires that each CPG must include at least one MSP from each of the parties or groups represented on the Parliamentary Bureau

At its meeting on 30 June 2016 the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee agreed to exercise its right to make a general modification to this section of the Code of Conduct to allow CPGs which have at least one MSP member from the majority of parties represented on the Parliamentary Bureau to register. There are currently five parties represented on the Bureau therefore, if the Group has MSPs from at least three parties, it meets the requirements of the Code.

Cross-Party Groups documentation

    • Accident Prevention And Safety Awareness

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      Purpose:

      To promote all aspects of safety through safety awareness and accident prevention.

    • Animal Welfare

      Next meeting: 06 October 2016 - This meeting will be held at 6pm in the James Clerk Maxwell Room (CR4).

      Purpose:

      The purpose of the group is to provide a forum for opinion and information-sharing about animal welfare; to raise awareness of the importance of animal welfare; where consensus is reached to make proposals to introduce or amend legislation concerning animal welfare and provide information for possible parliamentary questions and motions. 

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    • Carers

      Next meeting: 06 October 2016 - This meeting will be held at 12.45pm in the David Livingstone Room (CR6).

      Purpose:

      To ensure equality of opportunity for carers in Scotland by liaising with carers' organisations, lobbying the Scottish Government and promoting legislation on carers' behalf; to promote awareness amongst Members of the Scottish Parliament of the needs of carers and former carers; to liaise with Members of both Houses at Westminster and the Welsh Assembly in order to share best practice; and to link with appropriate bodies, including carers organisations, on an international basis. 

    • Children And Young People

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      Purpose:

      To ensure issues affecting children and young people are recognised and discussed throughout the working of the Scottish Parliament, in order to ensure that the needs and rights of children and young people are met throughout Scotland. 

    • Crofting

      Next meeting: 21 September 2016 - This meeting will be held at 5.30pm in room Q1.03.

      Purpose:

      To discuss items of policy that affect crofting and to bring issues to the attention of MSPs. 

    • Culture

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    • Food

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    • Gàidhlig

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      Purpose:

      To provide MSPs with a mechanism for obtaining information, support, advice and views on issues relating to the Gaelic language and culture within a broad forum which represents Gaelic interests in Scotland. 

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    • Industrial Communities

      Next meeting: 26 October 2016 - This meeting will be held at 5.15pm in room TG20/21.

      Purpose:

      Seek to understand and highlight the range of ongoing issues affecting Scotland’s former traditional industrial communities who have experienced industrial decline over the last few decades.  Ongoing issues are likely to include youth unemployment, town centre regeneration, health inequalities, low educational attainment, regeneration funding and poor environmental conditions.  The term ‘former industrial communities’ covers a range of traditional industries including coal, steel, textiles and shipbuilding. 

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    • Muscular Dystrophy

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      Purpose:

      To ensure that the needs of people living with muscular dystrophy are highlighted in the Scottish Parliament and to press for improvements to essential services for families across Scotland. 

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    • Pakistan

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      Purpose:

      To promote and enhance understanding between Scotland and Pakistan at cultural, social, academic, political and economic levels. Develop contact with the Pakistan Parliament and other institutions for advancing mutual interests of Scotland and Pakistan. Also the Cross Party would represent the interest of people/organisations with Pakistani background living and working in Scotland and act as a forum for the Community living in Scotland. Already a sister organisation in Pakistan has been established called “Friends of Scotland” in the Pakistani Parliament, and Lahore Chamber of Commerce have established a committee on Scotland to work with the CPG. 

    • Palestine

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      Purpose:

      To establish a forum for Palestinians living in Scotland. 

      To promote a solution for the Palestinian people recognising the justice of their cause and the need for the Israeli and Palestinian leadership to adhere to UN resolutions and International Law.

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    • Scottish Showmen's Guild

      Next meeting: -

      Purpose:

      To provide a forum for opinion and information sharing about the Scottish Showmen’s Guild. To raise awareness of the importance of the Scottish Showmen’s Guild where consensus is reached. 

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    • Taiwan

      Next meeting: 22 September 2016 - This meeting will be held at 5pm in the Robert Burns Room (CR1).

      Purpose:

      To facilitate the political, cultural, educational and economic links between Taiwan and Scotland. 

    • Tourism

      Next meeting: 05 October 2016 - This meeting will be held at 6pm in the David Livingstone Room (CR6).

      Purpose:

      To highlight and promote the Scottish tourism industry 

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    • Volunteering

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      Purpose:

      To raise awareness of volunteering in all sectors to ultimately increase participation rates in all its forms. 

      To ensure volunteering has a high profile in the Scottish Parliament and influence Scottish Government Policy.

      To ensure opportunities for volunteering are recognised across all SG directorates.   

      Examination and sharing of research in other parts of UK and beyond.

      To liaise and work with other CPGs to promote volunteering.

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Proposed Cross-Party Groups

The Proposed Cross-Party Groups page details any forthcoming meetings of Cross-Party Groups pending re-registration or approval by the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

Contact

For general information on the registration process and regulation of Cross-Party Groups, please contact:

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee team

email: CrossPartyGroup@
scottish.parliament.uk

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