The Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee (SPPAC) in Scotland has agreed to hold a committee debate in Holyrood to consider the findings of its inquiry into lobbying.
The decision comes after widespread industry criticism of the handling of the passage of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act by the Cabinet Office and No10.
A spokeswoman for the Scottish Government said:
“The Government is, quite properly, waiting to hear the SPPAC’s findings. We have all seen at Westminster what can happen when legislation of this nature is mishandled, and we will not make the same mistakes in Scotland.”
The SPPAC Committee has heard evidence from a range of organisations including business trade associations, charities, lobbying membership organisations and transparency campaigners.
Alastair Ross, secretary for the Association for Scottish Public Affairs, said:
“It seems that they are taking a sensible approach, and there is a lot of positive recognition [of the role of lobbying] in the document.
“It being referred to MSPs makes sense as they are the ones who get lobbied and have the experience to discuss it, so we’ll be able to get away from stereotypes and misconceptions.”
The summary prepared by the Committee to inform the debate can be read here