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  • Member for: Glasgow Provan
  • Region: Glasgow
  • Party: Scottish Labour

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Meeting of the Parliament 06 November 2014 : Thursday, November 06, 2014
Paul Martin (Glasgow Provan) (Lab)

As others have done, I commend the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee for its good work and welcome the approach that it has taken to today’s debate, which has been to lay before us an interim report and to allow members to contribute to the process.

We should recognise the role that Neil Findlay has played in ensuring that the issue was brought before the committee. I also welcome the fact that the Scottish Government has adopted his approach and his proposed member’s bill, and I hope that that will be elaborated on. I put on record the fact that Neil Findlay has yet to lobby me in seeking election as Labour leader, but I am sure that he will do so in due course.

It should be noted that more than 90 per cent of those who responded to the consultation exercise that Neil Findlay set in place said that they were in favour of the proposed bill being progressed. The debate should be about ensuring that the bill can be taken forward and that, in doing so, we take into account the wide range of views that have been expressed in the Parliament.

We are in no doubt that a statutory register of lobbyists is a must if we are to improve transparency and to maintain public confidence in the Parliament’s decision making.

It should be noted that, during its many evidence sessions, the committee heard that, unless action is taken to make the lobbying system more transparent and accountable, standards will inevitably be reduced. Whenever any politician is found to be abusing their position of privilege, that affects the Parliament’s reputation. We owe it to all our constituents to ensure that we maintain the integrity of Parliament at every possible opportunity.

Introducing transparency into the law-making process can only be good. It would indeed help the Parliament to play its role in reducing the distrust of their MSPs that many people feel and would ensure that the Parliament can operate in an effective manner.

Labour members believe that a statutory register can be the backbone of a new law that gives people confidence that laws have been introduced fairly and not only in the interests of those who have experience behind them and professional lobbyists on their side.

There will, of course, be critics of the statutory register process. People will argue that only certain lobbying activities, such as formal meetings, will be recorded or that the financial threshold will be a particular barrier. Many of those arguments were made against the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, the register of social landlords, and the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006. We need to recognise that we must go forward in the manner that many members and many of those who have contributed to the process have said.

We recognise—Joe FitzPatrick alluded to this—that lobbying should be a democratic right that should be protected and that a person’s ability to communicate with their elected representative should not be restricted. However, let us be clear: this is not about the pensioner visiting a surgery and raising concerns about their local bus service; it is about professional lobbyists and a £2 billion-a-year industry that has grown over the past decade. It is right that a regulatory process should be put in place to deal with that; we should put in place effective measures to deal with undue influencing by companies that are in danger of overstepping the mark on occasion.

The test of the new legislation would be the transparency that we can offer to the public. Labour’s opinion is that we should look at the relationship of those who have been lobbied to ensure that the principles of transparency are put in place.

We also believe that rules must be put in place to deal with former ministers. I would have welcomed a contribution from the minister on how that issue could be taken forward. I am not sure what further evidence the committee could take on that, but we have to deal with the fact that undue influencing can be a feature for former ministers. The Westminster Government in particular has faced that challenge. We must ensure that we take forward that issue.



Meeting of the Parliament 06 November 2014 : Thursday, November 06, 2014
Paul Martin

Absolutely.



Meeting of the Parliament 06 November 2014 : Thursday, November 06, 2014
Paul Martin

I welcome the former minister’s contribution. I am not sure how disappointed he is that job offers have not come in, but I am sure that he will reflect on that.

In conclusion, it is important to recognise that transparency in the Parliament is crucial in many ways. We should recognise that the independence referendum brought a result, which is that the people of Scotland want to engage with the Parliament. We must ensure that people feel that that will happen in a fair and effective manner and that everyone has access to the Parliament regardless of their status and who they are. Those are the principles with which we wish to move forward.

We welcome the interim report and look forward to the final report being laid before the Parliament.



Meeting of the Parliament 30 October 2014 : Thursday, October 30, 2014
6. Paul Martin (Glasgow Provan) (Lab)

To ask the Scottish Government what control measures it is considering following its recent consultation on promoting responsible dog ownership. (S4O-03626)



Meeting of the Parliament 30 October 2014 : Thursday, October 30, 2014
Paul Martin

As the minister is aware, I want to work with the Government, as I am sure all members in the chamber do, to ensure that we take this issue forward. However, it has been over a year since Broagan McCuaig was attacked in my constituency. What action will the minister take so that we in the chamber can take forward proposals that will allow us to make an everlasting commitment to give our communities maximum protection from irresponsible dog owners and dangerous dogs?



Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Paul Martin (Glasgow Provan) (Lab)

I rise on behalf of the Labour Party to oppose the business motion that has just been moved by Joe FitzPatrick. Since the Parliament’s return after the referendum, business managers have repeatedly sought information from Joe FitzPatrick, the business manager, about when the Government will introduce its legislative programme.

It would appear that the only information that has been available to us so far is that that will happen after the Deputy First Minister’s coronation at the mid-November Scottish National Party conference. Surely the people of Scotland deserve better than that. Those who voted in record numbers deserve to hear from the Government about when the programme will be introduced.

I want to be constructive—[Interruption.]



Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Paul Martin

—and recognise that the Government is being prevented from introducing the programme because it will be another six weeks before the Deputy First Minister is installed as leader. Therefore, we suggest that the First Minister steps aside—perhaps he could spend more time on the golf course and on radio programmes—



Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Paul Martin

—and the new First Minister introduces her programme for Government on Tuesday 28 October. That will allow the current First Minister to spend more time doing the things that I mentioned.

It is time to stop looking at the issues that are not of concern to the people of Scotland and do something meaningful. The Government needs to stop the talking and do the walking. Let us move on and see a programme for government.

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Meeting of the Parliament 07 August 2014 : Thursday, August 07, 2014
Paul Martin (Glasgow Provan) (Lab)

6. To ask the Scottish Government what steps are being taken to tackle antisocial behaviour in Glasgow Provan. (S4O-03446)



Meeting of the Parliament 07 August 2014 : Thursday, August 07, 2014
Paul Martin Perhaps the reduction in the reporting of crime has come about for the very reason that members of the public have been charged for calling the 101 service. Will the minister advise me whether there are any plans to ensure that the service is a freephone service, in order to ensure that people are encouraged to report antisocial crime in the first place?

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S4M-11567.2 Margaret Mitchell: Lowering the Drink Drive Limit—As an amendment to motion S4M-11567 in
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NoCarried

S4M-11507.1 Cameron Buchanan: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—
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S4M-11507 Angela Constance: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—Th
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S4M-11494.3 Jackie Baillie: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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S4M-11494.2 Alex Johnstone: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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S4M-11494 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—That the Parliament
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S4M-11484.1 Jackson Carlaw: Human Rights—As an amendment to motion S4M-11484 in the name of Roseanna
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NoDefeated

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Motion S4M-11638: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-11576: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11571: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11435: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 05/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-11253: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-11201: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03626: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03559: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03530: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03446: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 28/07/2014 Show Full Question >>
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Question S4O-03363: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 09/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
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