Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016 Now In Force - Relevant to Members

23 March 2018

This past week saw the first ever meeting of European lobbying regulators takw place in Dublin. PRII & PRCA Chief Executive, Dr Martina Byrne attend a welcome reception for the visitors at The Mansion House.

Members may be interested to learn that in Scotland since 12 March, under The Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016 anyone who engages in regulated lobbying must register this on the Scottish Lobbying Register.

Any individual or organisation that engages in face-to-face communication with MSPs, Scottish Government Ministers, Special Advisers or the Scottish Government’s Permanent Secretary could be considered to be undertaking regulated lobbying if discussing Scottish Government or parliamentary functions and acting in a paid capacity. They would therefore be required to register.
 
According to the Scottish Parliament’s Lobbying Register Guidance Documents it does not matter where your organisation is based. If you engage in regulated lobbying as defined by the Act then you are required to register.
Under the Scottish law regulated lobbying only involves lobbying when it takes place face-to-face with:

  • Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)
  • Members of the Scottish Government (including the Scottish Law Officers)
  • Junior Scottish Ministers
  • The Permanent Secretary of the Scottish Government
  • Scottish Government Special Advisers

 
Information is available at www.lobbying.scot

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