Date lodged: 3 April 2019
To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it considers that a corporate exhibition held by representatives of the oil and gas industry, which promoted the industry's views on greenhouse gas emission targets and related issues, and held on the day of the stage 1 debate on the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill on 3 April 2019, 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 exhibitions must complete an Exhibitions Request Form that is agreed by the sponsoring Member.
Member-sponsored exhibitions are allocated 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). As there are a limited number of exhibitions spaces available (two each sitting week) all the available slots are allocated well in advance.
The Member-sponsored exhibition by Oil & Gas UK was allocated in September 2018 and was described in the Request Form as a general awareness-raising exhibition about the oil and gas industry. If there had been any explicit reference to any parliamentary business under current consideration the exhibition would not have been permitted under the guidance.