Lobbying

Lobbying

The Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee has within its remit responsibility for matters relating to the regulation of lobbying.

The Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016 Direction to the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland 2017 

At its meeting on 7 September 2017 the Committee agreed the Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016 Direction to the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland 2017.

Resolution to be made under powers contained in section 41 of the Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016 

At its meeting on 7 September 2017 the Committee also agreed a draft resolution to be made under powers contained in section 41 of the Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016.

Section 48 of the Act and Rule 3C.2.6 of Standing Orders require Scottish Ministers to be consulted before the Parliament makes such a resolution. The Committee wrote to the Minister for Parliamentary Business on 11 September 2017 to seek views on the resolution. The Minister responded on 19 September 2017 confirming that the Scottish Government had no concerns with the terms of the draft resolution.

The draft resolution was scrutinised by the Delegated Powers and Legislative Reform Committee prior to consideration by the Parliament as a whole.

Draft Parliamentary guidance

At its meeting on 16 November 2017, the Committee considered draft parliamentary guidance to be published under powers contained in section 43 of the Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016. 

Section 43 of the Act requires the Parliament to publish guidance on the operation of the Act. Before publishing the guidance, any revision to it or replacement of it, the Parliament must consult the Scottish Ministers. The Committee wrote to the Minister for Parliamentary Business on 29 November 2017 to seek views on the draft guidance. The Minister responded on 18 December 2017. On 8 January 2018 the Dougie Wands, the Lobbying Registrar wrote to the Committee with revised draft guidance.


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