All-Party Parliamentary Group
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All-party parliamentary groups within the British parliament are regarded as relatively informal groups compared with, for example, select committees of the House. The membership of all-party groups is mainly comprised of backbench Members of the House of Commons and Lords but may also include ministers and non-parliamentarians. Groups flourish and wane according to the interests and enthusiasm of Members.
Groups are classified either as subject groups (relating to a particular topic eg forestry) or country groups (relating to a particular country or region). Most country groups are affiliated to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association's United Kingdom Branch and/or to the Inter-Parliamentary Union's British Group.
Other SourceWatch resources
- All Party Groups in the House of Commons: Subject Groups
- All Party Groups in the House of Commons: Country Groups
- "The Nature of All-Party Groups," United Kingdom Parliament.
- "Register of All-Party Groups", United Kingdom Parliament. (List dated 21 December 2005.)
- Sam Coates, "How business pays for a say in Parliament: All-party groups accused of compromising independence; Lobbyists write controversial reports in the name of MPs", The Times (UK), January 13, 2006.
- Ravi Chandiramani, "Poll shows MPs at ease with influence of APGs", PR Week"", August 3, 2006. (Sub req'd).