As well as taking part in formal parliamentary business, MPs are active in other areas such as within their own political parties and constituencies. They may also take part in informal work at Westminster, such as working with All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs).
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 involve individuals and organisations from outside Parliament in their administration and activities.
New rules on APPGs
In July 2014 the Committee on Standards notified all registered groups of new rules which come into effect at the start of the 2015 parliament. The Committee subsequently refined those rules, which have been published in a new edition of the Guide to the Rules. In March 2015 all registered groups were notified ( PDF 176 KB) of these changes, and were also reminded of the requirement to re-register the group following a general election.
Requirement for APPGs to re-register after the general election
Groups that are on the Register of APPGs at the end of the 2010 parliament have until 7 July 2015 to re-register their group otherwise their registration will cease then. They can, however, at any point after 7 July apply for reinstatement on the Register.
For full details about the re-registration process please see the notification ( PDF 176 KB) sent in March to all registered groups.
Guide to the Rules on APPGs
The Guide to the Rules on APPGs ( PDF 5.89 MB) details the House of Commons rules on APPGs. These are mostly about the membership, meetings and finances of APPGs.
Registration Form for APPGs
Before being accepted on to the Register of APPGs a group must complete the Registration Form for APPGs ( PDF 315 KB).
Any prospective group that is thinking of applying for inclusion on the Register should first contact the Office of the Parlimentary Commissioner for Standards, whose details are below.
Register of APPGs
Groups that 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.
Information and Advice about 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7219 0401.