The Scottish Parliament’s Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee sought views on the operation of the Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016 ("the Lobbying Act").
The Lobbying Act makes provision for a public lobbying register in which organisations are required to record any instances of "regulated lobbying". In particular, the Act:
- defines what is meant by "regulated lobbying";
- makes provision for the establishment, maintenance and content of the lobbying register;
- makes provision for oversight and enforcement of the provisions in the Act;
- makes provision for Parliamentary guidance and a code of conduct.
The Act also makes provision for a committee of the Parliament to review the operation of the Act during the "review period" (from when the duty to register came into force on 12 March 2018 up to 12 March 2020). The committee must report on the review by March 2022.
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FDF Scotland response
FDF Scotland response to the Scottish Parliament’s Public Audit and Post-Legislative
Scrutiny Committee call for evidence into the operation of the Lobbying (Scotland)