Cross-Party Groups

 

Cross-Party Groups (CPGs)

The Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee is responsible for the approval of new Groups and for ensuring all Groups comply with the Code of Conduct.

CPGs – Guidance

All CPGs are required to comply with Volume 2, Section 6 of the Code of Conduct

Further guidance for Groups is available in Volume 3, Section 6 of the Code of Conduct

In addition, the Committee produced Best practice guidance for groups (102KB pdf) in the form of FAQs.

Members are permitted to use the technology available in meeting rooms during CPG meetings and there is guidance on the use of the IT equipment (1.1MB pdf).

CPGs – Key requirements

New Groups are required to complete a registration form and send this to Standards Clerks within 30 calendar days of their initial meeting. The Committee then considers whether to accord recognition to a group.

Each time a Group arranges a meeting, it needs to inform standards clerks 10 days in advance. It also needs to provide Standards Clerks with minutes of meetings, including lists of attendees.

Groups are required to hold an AGM and re-election of office bearers each year, this should be on, or before, the anniversary of the date that the Group was established or the date of the Group’s previous AGM. Within 30 calendar days of the AGM Groups are required to submit an annual return to Standards Clerks.

CPG Monitoring Reports

The Committee has agreed to consider CPG monitoring papers on a six monthly basis. 

CPG Complaints

The Committee considers complaints made against CPGs; Guidance on making a complaint

The Committee has agreed a process for the consideration of complaints

As stated in the guidance, the Committee may decide to publish details of its consideration of complaints, where it considers it appropriate to do so.

CPGs on Chronic Pain and Health Inequalities

The Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee received a complaint regarding the CPGs on Chronic Pain and Health Inequalities, the issues raised in the complaint make very similar points in relation to both CPGs so this was treated as a single complaint as opposed to being split into two separate complaints.

CPG on Human Trafficking

The Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee received a complaint regarding the CPG on Human Trafficking—

CPG on France

The Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee received a complaint regarding the CPG on France—

 

For further information on Cross-Party Groups you can contact the Clerks on 0131 348 6924 or CrossPartyGroup@scottish.parliament.uk.