A Consultation on Proposals for a Lobbying Transparency Bill: Analysis of Written Responses

A consultation paper was published in May 2015 seeking views on proposals for a lobbying transparency bill. This report provides an analysis of the responses received.


1. Scottish Government (2015). A Consultation on Proposals for a Lobbying Transparency Bill Edinburgh: Scottish Government. http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/05/9306

2. Referred to in the remainder of this report as "the Committee".

3. The Scottish Parliament Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee (2015) First Report 2015 (Session 4) Proposal for a Register of Lobbying Activity SP Paper 664 Edinburgh: The Scottish Parliament. http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/S4_StandardsProceduresandPublicAppointmentsCommittee/Reports/stpR-15-01w.pdf

4. All non-confidential (67) responses are publicly available on the Scottish Government website: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/08/2246/downloads

5. Table does not sum to 100% due to rounding.

6. Excluding lobbying industry respondents.

7. Excluding lobbying industry respondents.

8. http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/08/2246/downloads

Where reference is made in the remaining questions to the proportion of respondents who made relevant comments, this includes both those who commented in response to the particular question and those who made relevant comments elsewhere in their submission.

9. Analysis of the overall pattern of responses by respondent type, where undertaken, excluded the smallest categories (public bodies, private sector companies and individuals) where there were very small numbers of respondents. It should be noted that, even among the respondent types which were included, some of the numbers were small.

10. In 2004, Philip Hampton led a review of regulatory inspection and enforcement. The recommendations were published in March 2005 and the "Hampton Report" set out a series of principles which it recommended that all regulators adopt.

11. Government by the People: The Final Report of the Commission on Fair Access to Political Influence (2013) Biggar: The Reid Foundation

12. http://www.allofusfirst.org/library/government-by-the-people-the-final-report-of-the-commission-on-fair-access-to-political-influence

13. http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/669270.pdf


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