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Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016

Reclassification as an inactive registrant

68.Section 12 contains provision relating to an application by an active registrant to be reclassified as an inactive registrant.

69.Subsections (2), (3) and (4) provide that an application to be entered in the register as an inactive registrant must be in such form as the Clerk may determine and specify the information that must be contained in such an application. Any application will require to include such information about the active registrant’s regulated lobbying activity (as set out in section 6) which has not at the date of the application yet been provided to the Clerk or a statement to the effect that the active registrant has not engaged in any such regulated lobbying.

70.Subsections (5) and (6) set out the process to be followed by the Clerk if, following the application, the Clerk has reasonable grounds to believe (i.e. on the basis of facts or information available) that the applicant is not, or is no longer, engaged in regulated lobbying. The Clerk may in particular enter the applicant in the register as an inactive registrant by updating the applicant’s entry in the register accordingly. The Clerk must notify the applicant of both the date on which the applicant is entered on the register as an inactive registrant and the effect of that.

71.Section 13 contains provision relating to the reclassification as an inactive registrant by the Clerk without an application under section 12.

72.Subsection (1) allows the Clerk to enter an active registrant in the register as an inactive registrant if there is no outstanding application by the registrant under section 12, and the Clerk has reasonable grounds to believe (i.e. on the basis of facts or information available) that the registrant is not, or is no longer, engaged in regulated lobbying.

73.Subsection (2) provides that before deciding under this section to enter an active registrant in the register as an inactive registrant the Clerk must give to the registrant a notice stating that the Clerk is considering updating the registrant’s entry, the Clerk’s reasons for doing so and that the registrant has the right to make written representations to the Clerk before the date which is specified in the notice (such date to be at least 28 days after the date on which the notice is given).

74.Subsection (3) provides that the Clerk must consider any representations made by the registrant in making a decision under this section.

75.Subsection (4) provides that the Clerk must, as soon as practicable after making a decision under this section to enter a registrant in the register as an inactive registrant, update the registrant’s entry in the register accordingly.

76.Subsection (5) sets out the process to be followed by the Clerk after making a decision under this section. Again, the Clerk must notify the applicant of both the date on which the applicant is entered on the register as an inactive registrant and the effect of that.

77.In particular the effect of a person being entered in the register as an inactive registrant under either section 12 or section 13 will be that the person will as an inactive registrant no longer be under a duty, as they would have been as an active registrant, to submit 6 monthly information returns under section 11. But the effect is also that if the person engages in regulated lobbying on or after the date on which they are entered as an inactive registrant they will be under a duty to provide information under section 8(1) (duty to register in 30 days following first instance of engaging in regulated lobbying when not an active registrant).

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