All-Party Parliamentary Groups

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 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.

Essentially, APPGs that were on the final Register of the 2015 parliament (published on 2 May 2017) retained their status as registered groups until 15 September 2017.  But they but lost this status if they had not registered anew by that date.

Guide to the Rules on APPGs

The Guide to the Rules on APPGs (PDF 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 that wish to be registered 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.

Registration Form for APPGs

The latest edition of the Registration Form for APPGs (PDF PDF 216 KB) was issued in June 2017.  A Word version (DOC DOC 203 KB) is also available, together with the 12 June guidance note (DOCX 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.

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