Date lodged: 3 April 2019
To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it considers that a lobbying event organised by environmental NGOs or campaigners, which promoted the environment movement's views on greenhouse gas emission targets and related issues, held on the day that a bill relating to an environment issue relating to the same issues was being considered by the Parliament, would have breached the rule in the Events and Exhibitions Criteria, which states that events must "respect the wide range of existing channels for influencing parliamentary business, by not lobbying on parliamentary business under current consideration".
Answered by: Liam McArthur 30 April 2019
All applicants for Member-sponsored events must complete an Event Request Form that is agreed by the sponsoring Member.
Member-sponsored events are approved according to the SPCB’s criteria for Member-sponsored events by the Events and Exhibitions Team twice a year - in April (covering the September to December period and in September (covering the January to June period) – and throughout the year.
On receipt of the Event Request Form, it is checked against the criteria to ensure there is no explicit reference to any parliamentary business under current consideration. If there was any explicit reference, then the event would not take place at the time requested. The Events and Exhibitions Team would then work with the organisers to secure another date when the event could take place.