All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are groups of Members, from both Houses, who may or may not be supported by outside organisations, and are established for a wide range of purposes. There is a Register of such groups, overseen by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. There has been increasing concern that APPGs pose a reputational risk to the House in several ways: they may provide access for lobbyists; they put pressure on resources; and their output is confused with that of official select committees. But APPGs also provide: forums for cross-party interaction which is not controlled by the whips, interaction between the Members of the Commons and the Lords; and a forum for parliamentarians, academics, business people, the third sector and other interested parties; time and space for policy discussion and debate; and a means for back bench parliamentarians to set the policy agenda. There is a longstanding dilemma about the regulation of APPGs: they are essentially informal groupings, established by individual Members, yet the more restrictions and requirements that are placed on them, the more they appear to be endorsed by the House. The House of Commons Commission has already decided to withdraw the passes of APPG staff. The Committee proposes a package of reforms: ensure that Members' responsibility for APPG activity is clear and accountable; ensure transparency not only about external support, but also about the activities funded by such support; and far greater clarity about the status of the various types of informal work that Members carry out.Sixth Report of Session 2013-14, Vol. ... 9 July 2013 Simon Whale, Gavin Devine, Mike Cherry and Michael Burrell 9 July 2013 Simon Whale, Gavin Devine, Mike Cherry and ... to consult the client, but in principle I can see no particular reason why it would be impossible for us to break down the value of the hours provided. ... the same rules should apply to everybody who provides secretariat services.
|Title||:||House of Commons - Committee on Standards: All-Party Parliamentary Groups - HC357|
|Author||:||Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Committee on Standards|
|Publisher||:||The Stationery Office - 2013-11-29|