All-Party Groups (APGs) are informal cross-party groups that have no official status within Parliament. They are essentially run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords, although many groups involve individuals and organisations from outside Parliament in their administration and activities.
The Register of All-Party Groups shows which APGs are recognised by the House of Commons, who their officers are, and what support groups receive from outside Parliament.
The Registration Form for All Party Groups explains which groups qualify for registration and what a group must do before its details may be included on the Register. Essentially, this involves holding an election of officers and completing the Registration Form.
Any group that is thinking of applying for inclusion on the Register should first contact the Assistant Registrar on 020 7219 0401 to tell her the group's subject and discuss any queries you or she may have about the group.
The Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards is responsible for the administration of the rules on APGs. For advice about the rules on APGs please see the Guide to the Rules above, or contact the Assistant Registrar on 020 7219 0401.