Scottish lobbyists will discuss whether or not to exclude
Westminster consultants from lobbying the Scottish parliament later this
month, at a meeting to establish an association of lobbyists to the new
PS Public Affairs, the consultancy which is co-ordinating the
initiative, supports a non-statutory, self-regulating association whose
members would have to have a Scottish business address and would include
public affairs consultants but also any individual whose business
includes lobbying on a fee basis.
Struan Stevenson, director of PS, believes lobbyists who are not members
of the Scottish association should be allowed to lobby the
But the Scottish National Party, which produced its own proposals on
lobbying in January, argues for statutory regulation of lobbyists, who
would not necessarily be restricted to Scotland, but would have to sign
a strict code of conduct, enforced by a parliamentary commissioner.
The heads of Scottish lobbying firms with headquarters in London, such
as GPC Market Access Scotland and Strategy in Scotland, have been
invited to the meeting.