Submission to the Scottish Standards Committee: Inquiry into lobbying

Submission to the Scottish Standards Committee: Inquiry into lobbying

The size of the UK lobbying industry - now worth £2bn - has steadily increased over the last decade. There are good reasons to believe that Scotland has attracted more than its fair share of that growth. As devolution has matured, the Scottish Government and Parliament have become more assertive, and therefore a more important arena for lobbying. This trend is only likely to continue with the prospect of further changes in the future. The lobbying industry has also diversified, with lobbying increasingly done by think tanks, in-house teams, and law and accountancy firms as well as more traditional public affairs agencies.

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Submission to the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee: House of Lords reform

Submission to the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee: House of Lords reform

We believe that members of the UK Parliament should be accountable to the people of the UK and that the most pressing reform of the House of Lords is the need to introduce democratic legitimacy.  It is now over 100 years since the Parliament Act 1911 was passed as a temporary measure until an elected second chamber could be introduced.

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Submission to the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee: The Lobbying Bill

Submission to the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee: The Lobbying Bill

Unlock Democracy welcomed the government’s commitment to introduce a statutory register of lobbying interests. However, we are disappointed that proposals that took so long to produce are so limited in scope. When the government consulted on its draft proposals in January 2012 the response from transparency campaigners and lobbying industry alike, was to call for a comprehensive register. 

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