All Party Motor Group
The All-Party Parliamentary Motor Group (APMG)
And why it serves an important role
The APMG provides a forum to discuss general motoring matters as well as those affecting automotive engineering and motorsport. Through debate and discussion amongst the 90 members, its aim is to highlight to the Government and members of both Houses, issues of strategic importance affecting the UK’s automotive industry and sport as well as individual vehicle owners.
The APMG’s aims also include:
- Discussing the role of motor vehicles and environmental impact
- Leveraging new opportunities
- Sustaining investment for growth
- Harnessing overseas potential
- Promoting dialogue between politicians and stakeholders.
- Chair: Richard Burden MP
- Vice Chairs:
Heather Wheeler MP
Lord Astor of Hever
Julian Knight MP
- Treasurer: Neil Carmichael MP
- Secretary: Gavin Shuker MP
What is an All-Party Group (APG)?
As the name suggests, an All-Party Group is made up of members from all political parties from both the House of Commons and House of Lords. They are informal cross-party groups with no official status within Parliament and should not 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.
Activities and the MIA's involvement
Seminars, receptions and events take place inside and outside of Parliament throughout the year. This raises both awareness and knowledge among APMG members of automotive-related industries and organisations.
As Joint-Secretary to the APMG along with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and the RAC Foundation, the MIA facilitates APMG member visits to a variety of UK motorsport companies and events. Members can see for themselves the various aspects of UK motorsport and better understand its value and relevance to the UK economy.
In terms of events, the result is two-fold. Members witness first hand, the value and strength of the home-grown organisations delivering these events as well as the extent of the UK’s global reach.
MIA members - host a visit
We like to encourage all our members to consider hosting a visit from members of the APMG. If you are interested, email Jayne Thomas a brief outline of your proposed visit.
Previous activities have included tours of major British motorsport manufacturers' premises; visits to the British Grand Prix; the British Touring Car Championship and the British round of the World Rally Championship. With help from the MSA and ARDS, we organised a ‘Parliamentary Race’ whereby members and other politicians gained first-hand experience of motorsport. In addition, 2010 saw a visit to the Science Museum’s “Fast Forward - 20 ways F1 is changing our world” which demonstrated to members how motorsport had diversified into medicine, sports, healthcare, defence and space.