Consultations 2012

Law reform

Proposed Lobbying Transparency (Scotland) Bill

Proposal for a Bill to 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.

Regulation of health care professionals

The Scottish Law Commission, along with the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Northern Ireland Law Commission are working on a project reviewing UK legislation in relation to the regulation of health care professionals. This project follows a reference from the Department of Health. The present regulatory framework has become complex and the intention is to review the framework with a view to modernising and simplifying the existing law and procedures.

The paper seeks views on how the regulation of health care professionals in the UK and social workers in England can be made clearer, simpler, more modern and more consistent.

Proposals for a new tribunal system for Scotland

The purpose of this consultation is to set out a proposal to create an integrated tribunals system in Scotland. Most tribunals have been created by individual pieces of primary legislation, without any overarching framework. A more coherent framework for tribunals would create real opportunities for improvement in the quality of service that can be achieved by integration rather than by tribunals acting separately. This proposal will create two new, generic tribunals, the First-tier Tribunal and the Upper-tier Tribunal, with first-tier chambers, into which existing tribunal jurisdictions can over time be transferred.

Introducing a statutory register of lobbyists

The UK Government is committed to introducing a statutory register of lobbyists.

The UK Government's aim is to increase the information available about lobbyists without unduly restricting lobbyists' freedom and ability to represent the views of the businesses, groups, charities and other individuals and organisations they represent or to deter members of the public from getting involved in policy making.