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General Secretary Writes to MSPs over Lobbying Bill

Posted 26/01/2016

The General Secretary of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Alan Alexander, has written to MSPs, including the First Minister, leaders of the oppositon parties and members of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee, expressing concerns over the proposed Lobbying (Scotland) Bill.

In the letter Professor Alexander draws attention to the recent RSE Advice Paper, which was submitted to the Committee.

Professor Alexander notes that while the RSE is fully supportive of increased transparency, an unintended consequence of the Bill could be to place an uneccesary bureaucratic burden upon charities and other organisations that are simply trying to pursue advancement of the public good.

The onerous conditions of the BIll would also likely weigh heaviest on small charities which could not absorb the related administrative costs in the same way that large organisations can.

The letter from Professor Alexander can be found here.

The Advice Paper on the Lobbying (Scotland) Bill can be found here.

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