All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal groups established by backbench MPs to help other MPs from all parties become better informed about a particular policy area. They have no statutory or formal role but are able to exert some influence on Government.
There is an APPG for Further Education (FE) and Lifelong Learning, which has been running for over 10 years and meets regularly in the House of Commons. The group holds inquiries into particular themes, which have included university technical colleges (UTCs) and colleges working with the unemployed. In the last Parliament, the Group focused on local enterprise partnerships (LEPs).
Following from the AGM of the All Party Parliamentary Group on FE and Lifelong Learning held Wednesday 14 November 2018 the Chair of the APPG for FE and Lifelong Learning is:
- Peter Aldous MP, (Conservative, Waveney)
- Ian Mearns (Labour, Gateshead)
- The Rt Hon. the Baroness Garden of Frognal (Liberal Democrat)
AoC provides the secretarial support for this group and so for further information, please contact AoC's Public Affairs Officer at Guram.firstname.lastname@example.org.