APPGs are informal cross-party groups that have no official status within Parliament. They are run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords, though many choose to involve individuals and organisations from outside Parliament in their administration and activities.
Impact of the General Election on APPGs
Guidance ( PDF 222 KB) was sent on 12 June 2017 to explain the requirement for APPGs to elect their officers and register afresh following a general election. We understand that some users are currently experiencing difficulties opening the PDF version of that guidance so a Word version ( DOCX 21 KB) is also now available .
The guidance sent on 12 June followed the initial guidance ( PDF 369 KB) sent to Chairs on 25 April 2017 which explained the rules that apply at the end of a parliament and during Dissolution. We understand that some users are currently experiencing difficulties opening the PDF version of that guidance so a Word version ( DOCX 15 KB) is also now available
Guide to the Rules on APPGs
The Guide to the Rules on APPGs ( PDF 820 KB) explains the rules on APPGs. An HTML version (HTML 136 KB) of the Guide is also available. The Rules it contains are mostly about the membership, meetings, publications and finances of APPGs.
The last edition of the Guide was published in March 2015 and it was re-published in May 2017 with no substantive changes.
In addition to the Guide, supplementary guidance is provided here about the bespoke APPG logo which must be used by any registered APPG that wishes to use the portcullis emblem.
Register of APPGs
Groups which register as APPGs have to conform to rules about cross-party membership and transparency about their activities and funding. The Register of All-Party Parliamentary Groups is an authoritative list of such groups.
The final register of the last parliament was published on 2 May 2017. The first register of the new parliament will be published at the beginning of October 2017.
Registration Form for APPGs
The latest edition of the Registration Form for APPGs ( PDF 216 KB) was issued in June 2017. We understand that some users are experiencing difficulties opening the PDF version of the form. A Word version ( DOC 203 KB) is therefore also available, together with the 12 June guidance note ( DOCX 21 KB) that relates to it.
Advice about the Rules on APPGs
The Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards is responsible for the day to day administration of the rules on APPGs. You can contact them on [email protected] or 020 7219 0401.