Scotland’s Lobbying Register to come in to force in March 2018
From Monday 12 March 2018 all regulated lobbying in Scotland, as defined in the Lobbying (Scotland) Act, will have to be registered on Scotland’s new Lobbying Register.
Passed in 2016, the Act states that certain face to face meetings with MSPs or the Scottish Government’s Ministers, Special Advisers or Permanent Secretary need to be registered.
The Acting Lobbying Registrar, Douglas Wands said:
“The Lobbying (Scotland) Act is intended to increase openness and transparency around who seeks to influence and inform our decision makers, and it is expected that the Lobbying Register will do just that.”
“From 12 March 2018 all face to face lobbying activity as defined in the Act will need to be registered. Whilst this may seem like a big change, we have been working for many months with those who may be affected to ensure they are aware of what is required.”
A four month familiarisation period has been put in place, to allow people to view and explore the new register website. This four month familiarisation period began on 23 October 2017.
The Lobbying Register is available to view at http://www.parliament.scot/gettinginvolved/101810.aspx (this link will take you away from our website).