All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal cross-party groups that have no official status within Parliament. An APPG is an informal group of Members who join together to pursue a particular topic or interest. It is essentially run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords, although many groups involve individuals and organisations from outside Parliament in their administration and activities.
The All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment was formed in July 2010. The group’s primary remit is to present a holistic and overarching view from all sectors involved in the planning, design, construction, management and maintenance of the built environment. The built environment encompasses all forms of building (housing, industrial, commercial, hospitals, schools, etc., and civil engineering infrastructure, both above and below ground and includes the managed landscapes between and around buildings.
The APPG EBE seeks to work closely with other All-Party groups representing particular sectors of the built environment, such as architecture and planning, climate change, infrastructure, building, highway maintenance and gas safety. It is committed to investigate all current issues relating to the built environment and to engage parliamentarians and other serious commentators in looking at those major strategic issues affecting the built environment, which impact upon the lives of every constituent.
So far, the group has conducted four Inquiries and published three Reports:
2012 - Inquiry into achieving best value in the procurement of construction work
2013 - Inquiry into sustainable construction and the Green Deal
2015 - Inquiry into flood resilience of the future
2016 - Inquiry into the Quality of New Build Housing in UK
For further information and advice about APPGs, including the Guide to the Rules on APPGs, please visit the APPG page.