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 choose to involve individuals and organisations from outside Parliament in their administration and activities.
General Election 2017
The Registrar will be writing to all registered APPGs before the Dissolution of Parliament with guidance on how APPGs are affected by the general election.
Meanwhile, Members should bear in mind the Electoral Commission’s guidance on non-party campaigning ( PDF 145 KB) and how that may affect APPGs.
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.
Registration Form for new APPGs
Before being accepted on to the Register of APPGs a group must complete the Registration Form for APPGs ( PDF 207 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 shown below.
Guide to the Rules on APPGs
The Guide to the Rules on APPGs ( PDF 5.91 MB) (HTML version) details the House of Commons rules on APPGs. These are mostly about the membership, meetings, publications and finances of APPGs. In addition to the Guide, supplementary guidance is provided here on these webpages about:
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.