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.

General Election 2017 - how APPGs are affected

On 25 April guidance (PDF PDF 369 KB) was sent to the 'Chair & Registered Contact' of each registered APPG about the effect of the general election on APPGs. 

That guidance explained the rules that apply during the Dissolution of Parliament and the requirement to re-register the group after the general election. It also included a link to the Electoral Commission’s guidance on non-party campaigning (PDF PDF 145 KB) and how this may affect APPGs.

Further guidance, including a new Registration Form for APPGs, will be issued during Dissolution.

Guide to the Rules on APPGs

The Guide to the Rules on APPGs (PDF PDF 820 KB) explains the rules on APPGs. These are mostly about the membership, meetings, publications and finances of APPGs.

The last edition of the Guide published in March 2015. It was re-published in May 2017 with no substantive changes.  Appendix 3 of the Guide includes the Electoral Commission's new guidance on non-party campaigning (PDF PDF 145 KB).

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 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.

The final register of the 2015 Parliament will be published at the Dissolution of Parliament in May 2017. No register will then be published until the beginning of October 2017.

Registration Form for APPGs

A new registration form will be published here before the general election for groups to use after the general election.

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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