The All Party Parliamentary Group on Weapons and the Protection of Civilians works to promote practices, policies and laws that better prevent civilian harm from weapons.
The APPG will increase awareness within parliament and amongst the media and public of concerns related to eixsting and developing weapons. Where necessary, the APPG will encourage the government to adopt policies that enhance humanitarian protection. The scope of the group covers:
- a watching brief on prohibited weapons such as anti-personnel landmines and cluster munitions;
- consideration of areas where further prohibitions or restrictions may be necessary, for example in relation to the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, nuclear weapons, international transfers of conventional arms and white phosphorous;
- consideration of future weapons technologies that may cause humanitarian concerns, such as military robots and ‘potentially lethal’ weapons.
The Chair and Registered Contact of the APPG is Nia Griffith MP (Lab). Lord Dubs (Lab), Caroline Lucas MP (Green) and Mark Pritchard MP (Con) are Vice-Chairs of the group.
Other members of the APPG are: Sir Peter Bottomley (Con), Ann Clwyd (Lab), Jeffrey Donaldson (DUP), Jonathan Edwards (Plaid Cyrmu), Paul Flynn (Lab), Lord Hannay (Crossbench), Kelvin Hopkins (Lab), Lord Judd (Lab), Baroness Kinnock (Lab), Jeremy Lefroy (Con), John McDonnell (Lab), Lord Ramsbotham (Crossbench), Alec Shelbrooke (Con), Gary Streeter (Con), and Baroness Williams (Lib Dem).
The APPG was previously chaired by Martin Caton MP. Other previous members of the APPG have been: Tessa Munt MP (Lib Dem), Sir Menzies Campbell (Lib Dem), Hywell Francis (Lab), Mike Hancock (Lib Dem), and Martin Horwood (Lib Dem).
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Weapons and Protection of Civilians receives no funding from any individual, company or organisation and all activities of the APPG that require funds are funded separately and on a case by case basis. Where an individual or institution is providing financial support to an activity directly related to the APPG – in most cases an event in parliament – this is made clear in the invitation and on the website.
The APPG employs no paid staff and issues no parliamentary passes.
Administrative support to the APPG is provided on a voluntary basis by Article 36, a UK-based not-for-profit company focused on weapons and protection of civilians.