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Call for Evidence

All-Party Parliamentary Groups

The Committee is undertaking a wide-ranging inquiry into the rules for and regulation of All-Party Parliamentary Groups.

Read the terms of reference for the inquiry.

The Committee last looked at All-Party Parliamentary Groups in 2013. The Committee’s report considered a wide range of aspects of APPG regulation, and proposed a number of changes to the rules on APPGs which were agreed by the House on 13 May 2014.

The Committee’s inquiry followed a report by a Speakers’ Working Group, led by the former Leader of the House, Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, which was published in 2012.

Since then, there has been a continued growth in the number of APPGs. Many groups are highly active and have a prominent public profile. They play a valuable role in the work of Parliament. It is therefore important that APPGs contribute to, and do not undermine, high standards of conduct within the House.

The Committee is inviting written evidence from interested individuals inside and outside the House, organisations, companies, think tanks and academics, journalists and others on the rules for and regulation of All-Party Parliamentary Groups. We are interested in particular in the following issues:

  • The value and benefits of APPGs to the House
  • Transparency and appropriateness of funding of APPG activities and secretarial support
  • The role of external secretariats to APPGs
  • The risk of APPGs being used for access by lobbyists, other organisations or by foreign governments, and how any conflicts of interests arising can be managed
  • Use of Parliamentary passes by staff exclusively supporting APPGs
  • Financial governance and controls
  • Other governance and compliance issues, including assurance that APPGs are meeting relevant employment law and data protection laws
  • Status of APPGs within the House, including the risk of confusion with select committees, and branding of APPG activities and publications
  • Who should be accountable for ensuring an APPG complies with the rules
  • How APPGs can be better supported to comply with the rules
  • The proportionality and effectiveness of current requirements on holding of AGMs and formal meetings, and election of officers

The Committee will use the written evidence it receives at this initial stage to help inform the final scope and terms of reference of its inquiry.

You can submit written evidence to the Committee here. The deadline for written evidence is Friday 4 December.

This call for written evidence has now closed.

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