All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs)
All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal groups set up by and for Members of the Commons and the Lords, though many involve outside organisations in their administration and activities. They are focused around particular interest areas, and produce events and publications within it.
I’m an officer for some APPGs, which means I have say in how they’re run, and a member of others. Below are the details of the APPGs I’m involved with, including the APPGs’ websites, and a short summary of our purpose.
PICTfor (Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum) (Co-Chair) – To further the understanding of policy issues affecting the internet,
communications and technology sector between parliamentarians, the industry, consumer groups and academia.
Connected Places – This new APPG will explore and demonstrate how new technologies and approaches can improve the way the UK’s cities, towns and regions work for citizens and businesses – and the opportunities for UK firms to scale those solutions to meet global demand. It will work to enable the adoption of such products and services by helping the sector to coordinate efforts to dismantle market barriers and build collaborations across traditional services and silos.
Blockchain (Vice Chair) – To ensure that the United Kingdom plays a key role in the potential
opportunities that blockchain can unlock for our economy, society,
governance and the provision of public services.
Consumer Protection (Vice Chair) – To provide a voice for ordinary retail consumers across a range of sectors in the UK economy; to raise awareness of issues, rights and obligations in the field of consumer protection with parliamentarians and the wider public.
Corporate Governance – To influence and develop understanding of corporate governance through the promotion of a culture based on responsible leadership and investments, thus enabling corporate and their shareholders to enhance prosperity for the benefit of shareholders, economies and society.
Diversity and Inclusion in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – To increase diversity and promote the inclusion and progression of people
from diverse backgrounds in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths
(STEM), and to encourage government, parliamentarians, academics,
businesses and others to work towards a STEM sector that is inclusive to all.
To consider and influence changes in policy that will lead to this outcome
Entrepreneurship – To encourage, support and promote entrepreneurship. It also ensures that Parliament is kept up-to-date on what is needed to create and sustain the most favourable conditions for entrepreneurship.
SME (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) House Builders (Vice Chair) – To examine the operations of SME (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises)
House Builders in the UK; discover and highlight best practice; review the
regulatory environment affecting the market, looking at ways of improving
the delivery of new homes, and making recommendations on how Parliament
can improve regulation to deliver more effective building of homes by SMEs.
Social Care – To provide a forum for parliamentarians to discuss the world of social care
and related public policy; to promote awareness in Parliament of the realities
of the social care sector for employees, employers and care recipients, and
to set an agenda that seeks to explore the most urgent aspects of the
sector; such as funding, professionalisation and standards.
Vegetarians & Vegans – To provide a forum for parliamentarians, academics, organisations and interested individuals to meet to promote and raise awareness of vegetarianism and veganism and to discuss issues relating to vegetarian and vegan lifestyles.
AI (Artificial Intelligence) – To explore the impact and implications of artificial intelligence including machine learning.
Childcare and Early Education – To provide a forum for parliamentarians to constructively examine and debate policy affecting non-maintained childcare and early education providers.
China – To ensure parliamentarians are kept well informed on China, and to act as a platform for discussions on all issues of importance to the UK-China relationship.
Disability – To work on all-party basis within Parliament for the interests of all disabled people, their families, friends and carers.
Health – To disseminate knowledge, generate debate and facilitate engagement with health issues amongst Members of both Houses of Parliament.
Performers Alliance – To work alongside the unions of the Performers’ Alliance – Equity, the Musicians’ Union and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain – to raise issues affecting performers and writers across the arts community and to provide a forum for issues relating to arts and culture policy.
Rule of Law – To promote parliamentary and public discussion on the rule of law as a practical concept.