The Associate Parliamentary Manufacturing Group, inaugurated in February 2011, exists to encourage the exchange of knowledge and understanding between Parliament and the manufacturing industries, helping to raise the profile of manufacturing both inside and outside of Parliament.
The APMG is co-chaired by Conservative MP Chris White and Labour’s Barry Sheerman MP. Guided by its Parliamentary officers, the group (consisting of MPs, Peers and Associate Members from industry) provides an open forum for debate between Parliament and the UK’s diverse manufacturing industry.
The officers hope to raise awareness of the challenges that face the UK’s manufacturing industry, to celebrate its successes, and identify actions for improvement. Projects, activities and research bring together Parliamentarians, representatives from the manufacturing and productive industries, as well as academics, civil servants, and policy-makers.
The APMG is a trusted source of information for Parliamentarians and industry members on cross-party and cross-government matters relating to the Manufacturing industries.
As an Associate Parliamentary Group, the APMG facilitates discussion in a neutral and trusted environment, where parliamentarians can meet the experts they need to keep up to date with developments in industry. The Group operates according to the rules for All Party Groups as set down by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.