The Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016 is in force from 12 March 2018.
The Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016 became law in April 2016. The Act aims to increase public transparency about lobbying. It defines particular types of communication as ‘regulated lobbying’.
From 12 March 2018 the Lobbying Register website (www.lobbying.scot) must be used by anyone who engages in regulated lobbying to record details of their activities. The Register is also searchable by anyone with an interest in finding out about regulated lobbying activity that has taken place.
Regulated lobbying is lobbying which takes place face-to-face with MSPs, members of the Scottish Government (including the Scottish Law Officers), Special Advisers or Permanent Secretary and which relates to Scottish Government or Parliamentary functions.
There are a number of exemptions in the Act that may mean you will not need to enter details in the Lobbying Register. See this guidance on the Act to help you to determine whether it applies to you.
The Lobbying Register Team can be contacted on 0131 348 5408 or firstname.lastname@example.org
There is also a Twitter feed for the Scottish Parliament Lobbying Register: @SP_LobbyingScotTags: Lobbying Register, Regulated Lobbying, The Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016