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What are APPGs? | BBC News |

APPGs are informal committees set up by MPs and peers with a shared interest, ranging from leisure pursuits such as jazz, beer or campsites to serious policy areas like coronavirus, cancer and migration.

They can set up meetings with ministers, publish reports and hold evidence sessions - but they should not be confused with select committees.

Unlike select committees, they have no official status and are not funded by taxpayers.

The number of APPGs has dramatically increased in recent years - there are currently 744 of them, according to the official register, more than three times the number of select committees - and so has the amount of money going in to them.

by Oui on Wed Nov 17th, 2021 at 08:22:21 AM EST

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