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 a general election
Groups which were on the Register of APPGs at the end of the last parliament had until 7 July 2015 to re-register their group otherwise their registration ceased then. They can, however, at any point after 7 July apply for reinstatement on the Register. The procedure for doing so is set out on the Registration Form for APPGs ( PDF 242 KB).
Guide to the Rules on APPGs
The Guide to the Rules on APPGs ( PDF 5.91 MB) details the House of Commons rules on APPGs. These are mostly about the membership, meetings and finances of APPGs and about the information which they must publish.
There is a bespoke logo for use by registered APPGs. Any group wishing to use the portcullis must use it in this form.
Income and Expenditure Statement
Any registered group that receives over £12,500 in money or in kind from outside Parliament in its reporting year is required to publish an income and expenditure statement at the end of its reporting year. Please see the proforma statement ( PDF 169 KB) and accompanying guidance for full details. This applies for reporting years ending on or after 7 May 2016.
Registration Form for APPGs
Before being accepted on to the Register of APPGs a group must complete the Registration Form for APPGs ( PDF 242 KB).
Any prospective new group that is thinking of applying for inclusion on the Register should first contact the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, whose details are below.
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. A new edition of the register is usually published every 6 weeks approximately.
The last edition of the Register to be produced in the previous parliament was published on 30 March 2015 and is available here ( PDF 3.38 MB) for reference.
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 [email protected] or 020 7219 0401.