All-Party Groups (APGs) are informal cross-party groups that have no official status within Parliament. They are essentially run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords, although many groups involve individuals and organisations from outside Parliament in their administration and activities.
Register of All-Party Groups
The Register of All-Party Groups shows which APGs are recognised by the House of Commons, who their officers are, and what support groups receive from outside Parliament.
Registration form for All-Party Groups
The Registration Form for All Party Groups ( PDF 99 KB) explains which groups qualify for registration and what a group must do before its details may be included on the Register. Essentially, this involves holding an election of officers and completing the Registration Form.
Any group that is thinking of applying for inclusion on the Register should first contact the Assistant Registrar on 020 7219 0401 to tell her the group's subject and discuss any queries you or she may have about the group.
Guide to the Rules on All-Party Groups
The Guide to the Rules ( PDF 158 KB) details the House of Commons rules on APGs. These mostly concern aspects of membership, the conduct of meetings and the registration of support received by groups from sources outside Parliament.
Advice about the rules on All Party Groups
The Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards is responsible for the administration of the rules on APGs. For advice about the rules on APGs please see the Guide to the Rules above, or contact the Assistant Registrar on 020 7219 0401.