January 2016

In addition to the work highlighted below, we also submitted evidence on the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Bill and the Bankruptcy (Scotland) Bill.  We also submitted stage 1 briefing on the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill and the charity law sub-committee responded to an OSCR consultation on its draft Charity Trustee Guidance.  Full information on all of these and more on our website.

Lobbying (Scotland) Bill

We submitted our stage 1 briefing to MSPs ahead of the stage 1 debate on 7 January.  In our briefing we reiterate what we have said at all stages of the Bill and to previous consultations, if the policy objectives of transparency and openness are to be achieved, then the scope of the Bill needs to be widened to include more than oral face to face communications.   We are pleased to see that the Health and Sport Committee have also suggested that the Scottish Government review this position.  It is worth noting that the English legislation as provided for in the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 is to include any ‘oral or written communications’.    This will include e-mails and telephone calls.  

Our full briefing can be found on our website