The growth of all-party groups

I have variously drawn attention to the growth in the number of all-party groups in Parliament.  These are unofficial bodies (though they have to be registered in order to benefit from the use of parliamentary facilities) that have expanded in number over the past thirty years.  Name a subject and there is a good chance we have an all-party group on it; name a country, however small, and the likelihood is that there will be an all-party country group on it.  If you want to see just how numerous, and varied, such groups are then look here.

I have just received notice of a prospective all-party group on American football.  As I say…

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About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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4 Responses to The growth of all-party groups

  1. Frank W. Summers III says:

    Lord Norton,
    It is good that Parliament is not entirely outside the pale of the most passionate discussions among the citizens of one of its larger trading partners and allies. The thing to remember is that it simply a cross (without disrespect to the Queen whose role is not really reproduced) between Rugby and the Sate Opening of Parliament. Connect White Rod and Black Rod with some ceremonial chain and picture them beside the Five Nations and have lots of plays all signed to interpret them for for the hearing impaired and you are almost there….

  2. tory boy says:

    Is it just Peers and MP’s who are members of the of APPG’s or can palace staff join them?

    • Lord Norton says:

      tory boy: It depends on the group. As the guide to all-party groups states “APGs are essentially run by and for Members of the House of Commons and House of Lords. Mostly they are run by backbenchers, though ministers may also be officers or members of APGs and many groups choose to involve individuals and organisations from outside Parliament in their administration and activities.”

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