The importance to motorsport of the All-Party Parliamentary Motor Group (APMG)
All-Party Groups (APGs) are informal cross-party groups with no official status within Parliament, not to be confused with Select Committees which are formal institutions of the House. APGs cover many and diverse fields. Although Ministers may be officers or members, APGs are, essentially, run by backbenchers for Members of the Commons and Lords. Many involve individuals and organisations from outside Parliament in their administration and activities.
www.the-mia.com became Joint-Secretary to the All-Party Parliamentary Motor Group (APMG) ,along with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) www.smmt.co.uk and the RAC Foundation www.racfoundation.org
The APMG has over 90 members, from across all political parties in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The APMG aims to:
Seminars, receptions, events and activities take place inside and outside of Parliament throughout the year, to increase APMG members’ awareness and knowledge of these industries and organisations.
The MIA facilitates APMG member visits, to a variety of UK motorsport companies and events. This allows APMG members to experience as many aspects of UK motorsport and industry as possible, to better understand its value and relevance to the UK economy.
Motorsport event visits demonstrate, to APMG members, the value and strength of UK organisations which deliver the event, the UK’s involvement in global motorsport events.
All MIA members are encouraged to consider hosting a visit from members of the APMG – by firstly providing to Jayne.email@example.com a brief outline of their proposed vist.
APMG members have visited major British motorsport manufacturer’s premises, and also the British Grand Prix, the British Touring Car Championship and the British round of the World Rally Championship. In the past, the MIA has organised a ‘Parliamentary Race’ for APMG members, with help from the MSA and ARDS, so they, and other politicians, could gain first-hand experience of motorsport. In 2010 a visit to the Science Museum allowed APMG members to view “Fast Forward - 20 ways F1 is changing our world” which showed many aspects of successful diversification from motorsport into medicine, sports, healthcare, defence and space.
View the APMG’s entry in the House of Commons’ Register of All-Party Groups online here.
APMG Secretariat Contact details
In this way, the MIA