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Proposed Lobbying Transparency (Scotland) Bill, 09/07/12 - 29/10/12 [S]

Neil Findlay MSP is consulting on a proposed Lobbying Transparency (Scotland) Bill. Consultation to 29 October 2012.

The Bill would require certain individuals and organisations who lobby MSPs, Scottish Ministers or relevant public officials, either on their own account or on behalf of third parties, to record relevant information about their lobbying activity in a published register.

There is currently no specific legislation relating to the registration of lobbyists in Scotland. However there are codes of conduct designed by each of the different trades bodies within the industry.

It is intended that professional lobbyists would be included in the register. The register would also cover representative bodies (trade and professional bodies who lobby on behalf of their members), charities, trade unions and employer groups, professional services, as well as not-for-profit organisations, NGOs and grassroots advocacy groups.

Responses should be sent to by 29 October 2012.

For full details see Proposed Lobbying Transparency (Scotland) Bill which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Proposed Lobbying Transparency (Scotland) Bill