April 2016

The Society’s committees have been working on a number of Scottish Parliament and UK Parliament Bills and consultations including the Lobbying (Scotland) Bill, Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill and Mandatory Pay Gap Reporting.

Key areas are highlighted below. For more information see the law reform section of the website.

Lobbying (Scotland) Bill

In our briefing paper ahead of the stage 3 debate on the Lobbying (Scotland) Bill we’ve recommended that the Bill be further extended to include emails and provide clarity for people who communicate using British Sign Language (BSL)

The proposals in the Bill, which will see the creation of a new lobbying register, already require MSPs to report face to face meetings – whether in person or using audio visual technology.

Our stage 3 briefing paper and amendment to section 1 of the Bill are available to read on the website.