Guidance for the Register of consultant lobbyists
The Register of Consultant Lobbyists requires anyone who lobbies on behalf of a third party to:
- give the names of their clients
- declare whether or not they subscribe to a relevant code of conduct
The Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists will publish guidance to help potential registrants understand whether or not they have to join the register. This consultation asked for views on the guidance that will be issued and the information that registrants need to provide.
- Visit the gov.uk website to view the consultation
- The Law Society of Scotland's response (December 2014)
The Future of devolution after the referendum
The Political and Constitutional Reform Committee is holding an inquiry looking at the future of devolution in the United Kingdom, in the light of the referendum result. Among the questions the Committee will be considering are how devolution should be taken forward in Scotland, and whether England, Wales and Northern Ireland should be offered the level of devolution that has been discussed in relation to Scotland.
- Visit the Commons Select Committee Page to view the terms of reference
- The Law Society of Scotland's written evidence (October 2014)
Statutory register of consultant lobbyists
This consultation seeks views on draft regulations for a statutory register of consultant lobbyists from the Transparency of Lobbying Act.
Public consultation on the Commission's Stakeholder Consultation guidelines
Stakeholder consultation helps to make EU law making transparent, well targeted and coherent. It is enshrined in the Treaties. While these guidelines are intended for internal Commission use only, stakeholder inputs are an essential element in ensuring the quality of the final product.
- View the consultation on the European Commission website
- The Law Society of Scotland's response (September 2014)
Inquiry into lobbying
The Scottish Parliament's Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee has launched an inquiry into lobbying. This inquiry will examine whether there is a problem, either actual or perceived, with lobbying and, if so, how this can most effectively be addressed; to what extent a register of lobbyists would help with this process, who such a register should cover and how it would be operated in practice; and whether other steps might be needed to improve probity and transparency in this area.
- Visit the Scottish Parliament website for further information
- The Law Society of Scotland's written evidence (January 2014)
- Watch Director of Law Reform Michael Clancy and Law Reform Officer Brian Simpson give oral evidence to the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee (at 2mins02) (February 27 2014)
The Scottish Government's proposals for an independent Scotland: membership of the European Union
At its meeting on 12 December 2013, the European and External Relations Committee agreed the following remit for its inquiry:
An inquiry to examine the Scottish Government's proposals for an independent Scotland's membership of the European Union as set out in Scotland's Future and Scotland in the European Union.
- Visit the Scottish Parliament website for further information on the inquiry
- The Law Society of Scotland's written evidence (February 2014)
Cameras in court
The Judicial Office for Scotland issued a consultation seeking views on the current policy on recording and broadcasting proceedings in court.
- Visit the Judiciary of Scotland website to view the consultation
- The Law Society of Scotland's response (January 2014)
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