All Party Parliamentary group expected to be approved next week

A cross party group for the events industry is expected to be approved by the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards next week.

An application was recently made to officially register an All Party Parliamentary Group, which would represent the UK events industry. If approved, a date will be set for the groups inaugural meeting at which a lead committee will be elected, CIT Magazine reports,

The group is currently being organised by MP Nick de Bois who said: “We are now awaiting approval for the All Party Group and we should get that next week. We will probably have our first meeting within a matter of two weeks of getting that approval.”

In order for the group to gain approval, a total of 20 MPs were required to join it, with ten coming from the party in power. A minimum of six members had to come from the main opposition party.

“The events industry has not really represented itself well in Government, despite the significant stake it has in the economy,” du Bois said. He added that he didn’t want the group to just lobby on issues that affected the industry on a day to day basis, but also to get the Government to support them in their efforts to attract big customers to come and use our venues for hire.

“Compared to other countries, we don’t do that quite as well,” he said.