Commonwealth APPG

First Registered: 30/07/2015 • Last updated on: 29/12/2021

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To inform Members about the Commonwealth Secretariat's developments to strengthen the Commonwealth network; to keep members aware of the range of non-parliamentary activities and programmes carried out underneath the Commonwealth brand, both on governmental and non-governmental levels; and to take advantage of opportunities within the developing Commonwealth network for Britain's political and commercial activities and for Britain's positioning in the new international landscape.

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Recent Documents related to Commonwealth

1. Transfer of Functions (Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs) Order 2020
09/09/2020 - Secondary Legislation

Found: of Functions (Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs) Order 2020Made2nd September

2. UK Commonwealth Cyber Security Programme: case studies
08/03/2021 - Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
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Found: Policy paper UK Commonwealth Cyber Security Programme: case studies This selection

3. Commonwealth Marine Economies (CME) Programme: Antigua and Barbuda
30/09/2021 - Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
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Found: Guidance Commonwealth Marine Economies (CME) Programme: Antigua and Barbuda This

4. Statistics on UK trade with the Commonwealth
31/07/2019 - Parliamentary Research

Found: Statistics on UK trade with the Commonwealth By Matthew Ward Contents: 1. Commonwealth membership 2. Trade Statistics

5. Commonwealth Marine Economies (CME) Programme: Grenada
08/11/2021 - Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
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Found: Guidance Commonwealth Marine Economies (CME) Programme: Grenada This page provides

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Recent Speeches related to Commonwealth

1. UK–Commonwealth Trading Relationship
08/07/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: former Minister for the Commonwealth and former president of the Royal Commonwealth Society.I am very grateful - Speech Link

2. Commonwealth Day 2021
16/03/2021 - Westminster Hall

1: I beg to move,That this House has considered Commonwealth Day 2021.It is a pleasure to serve under your - Speech Link

3. Commonwealth in 2020
09/03/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: House has considered the Commonwealth in 2020.May I wish you a happy Commonwealth Day, Madam Deputy Speaker - Speech Link
2: also for the work he did as chairman of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association over that period. - Speech Link
3: Davies, who works tirelessly on behalf of the Commonwealth and colleagues. I was well rewarded for my role - Speech Link

4. UK Commonwealth Chair-In-Office Report 2018-2020
09/09/2020 - Written Statements

1: Friend the Minister for South Asia and the Commonwealth, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, has made the following - Speech Link

5. Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
17/05/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: for the Commonwealth in their capacity as Chair-in-Office preparing for the 26th Commonwealth Heads of - Speech Link
2: the UK looks forward to the gathering of the Commonwealth family in Kigali and to a smooth transfer of - Speech Link
3: Lords, delegates at this month’s meeting of the Commonwealth Women’s Ministers Action Group committed to - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Commonwealth
1. Commonwealth
asked by: Viscount Waverley
28/09/2020
... to undertake such a process.

2. Commonwealth
asked by: Ruth Jones
21/04/2021
... what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth.

3. Commonwealth
asked by: Lord Hylton
06/08/2020
...To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to discuss the case for creating new permanent Commonwealth specialist agencies at the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

4. Commonwealth
asked by: Lord Chidgey
28/02/2019
... Tonga and Zambia will be published.

5. Commonwealth
asked by: Lord Taylor of Warwick
30/04/2018
...To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the issue of the future Head of the Commonwealth; and what considerations underpin their position on this.

Latest Questions
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27 Current APPG Officers
Lord Howell of Guildford Portrait
Lord Howell of Guildford
Honorary President
Conservative - Life peer
Joined: 28th September 2017
Baroness Prashar Portrait
Baroness Prashar
Vice Chair
Crossbench - Life peer
Joined: 30th July 2015
Edward Leigh Portrait
Edward Leigh
Vice Chair
Conservative - Gainsborough
Joined: 28th September 2017
Lisa Cameron Portrait
Lisa Cameron
Vice Chair
Scottish National Party - East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
Joined: 24th February 2020
82 APPG Memberships
22q11 Syndrome , American Football , Antisemitism , Arctic and Nordic Councils , Armed Forces , Armed Forces Covenant , Assistive Technology , Australia and New Zealand , Autism , Bahrain , Banning Trophy Hunting , Bees and Pollinators , Bermuda , Boys' Brigade , Breast Cancer , British Jews , British Overseas Territories , Canada , Cats , Cerebral Palsy , Channel 4 , Channel Islands , Childhood Trauma , Chile , China , Crypto and Digital Assets , Cyprus , Darts , Dementia , Diabetes , Digital Regulation and Responsibility , Disability , Dog Advisory Welfare , Down Syndrome , Dying Well , Eating Disorders , Entrepreneurship , Estonia , Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion , Fair Business Banking , Financial Education for Young People , Foreign Affairs , Future of Retail , Global Health , Health , Holocaust Memorial , Hydrogen , Inclusive Entrepreneurship , International Freedom of Religion or Belief , Japan , Learning Disability , Liechtenstein , Limits to Growth , Loan Charge and Taxpayer Fairness , Media , Mentoring , Montserrat , Olympic and Paralympic Games , Pacific Islands , Pro-Life , Psychology , Pubs , Qatar , Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022 , Reserves and Cadets , Russia , San Marino , Serbia , Small Island Developing States , Social Media , Spinal Cord Injury , Street Children , Switzerland , Textiles and Fashion , Thalidomide , Twelve Steps Recovery Programme from Addiction , United Nations , United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development , United Nations Women , Vulnerable Groups to Pandemics , Whistleblowing , Woods and Trees
Peter Bottomley Portrait
Peter Bottomley
Vice Chair
Conservative - Worthing West
Joined: 21st April 2021
70 APPG Memberships
Adult Education , Afrikan Reparations , Ageing and Older People , Arts and Heritage , Austria , BBC , Black Maternal Health , Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Business Owners , British Overseas Territories , Carbon Monoxide , Citizens Rights , Cycling and Walking , Dalits , Dark Skies , Democracy and Human Rights in the Gulf , Dentistry and Oral Health , Disability , Domestic Violence and Abuse , Equitable Life Policyholders , Fatherhood , Flags and Heraldry , Gasworks Redevelopment , Global Security and Non-Proliferation , Gypsies, Travellers and Roma , Haemophilia and Contaminated Blood , Haiti , Hospice and End of Life Care , Immigration Detention , Insurance and Financial Services , Internet, Communications and Technology , Ireland and the Irish in Britain , Kosovo , Leasehold and Commonhold Reform , Limits to Growth , Longevity , Media , Music , No Recourse to Public Funds , Olympic and Paralympic Games , Opera , Park Homes , Period Equality , Photography , Race and Community , Religious Education , Republic of Korea , Retail Crime , Road Freight and Logistics , Rowing , Scientific , Scotch Whisky , Sexual and Reproductive Health in the UK , Single Parent Families , Social Enterprise , Social Integration , Social Science and Policy , Social Work , St George's Day , Tibet , Transport Safety , United Nations , United Nations Women , Vascular and Venous Disease , Votes at 16 , Western Rail Link to Heathrow , Western Sahara , Wine and Spirits , Wine of Great Britain , Women in Transport , Youth Affairs
Baroness Hoey Portrait
Baroness Hoey
Vice Chair
Non-affiliated - Life peer
Joined: 21st April 2021
1 APPG Membership
Zimbabwe
Tom Randall Portrait
Tom Randall
Vice Chair
Conservative - Gedling
Joined: 21st April 2021
Lord Popat Portrait
Lord Popat
Vice Chair
Conservative - Life peer
Joined: 30th July 2015
3 APPG Memberships
Africa , Rwanda , Weddings
Baroness Mobarik Portrait
Baroness Mobarik
Vice Chair
Conservative - Life peer
Joined: 21st April 2021
No other APPG Memberships
Lord Mendelsohn Portrait
Lord Mendelsohn
Vice Chair
Labour - Life peer
Joined: 21st April 2021
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Andrew Rosindell MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 8475.

Email: andrew.rosindell.mp@parliament.uk

Public Enquiry Point:

Elizabeth van der Valk, Royal Commonwealth Society, 40-41 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5JQ . Tel: 020 3727 4309

Email: elizabeth.VanDerValk@thercs.org

Benefits in Kind
Date
6 Jul 2017
Source
The Royal Commonwealth Society
Description
Secretariat   From : 06/07/2017 To : 05/07/2018
Value
£1,501
Date
1 Jan 2015
Source
The Royal Commonwealth Society
Description
Secretariat   From : 01/01/2015 To : 31/12/2016
Value
£1,501

No direct financial benefits are on record for the Commonwealth APPG

Former APPG Officers
James Cleverly Portrait
James Cleverly
Vice Chair
Conservative - Braintree
Joined: 28th September 2017
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships
Richard Graham Portrait
Richard Graham
Vice Chair
Conservative - Gloucester
Joined: 31st August 2016
Departed: 5th November 2019
3 APPG Memberships
Archives and History , China , Marine Energy
Roger Godsiff Portrait
Roger Godsiff
Vice Chair
Labour - Former Member for Birmingham, Hall Green
Joined: 10th October 2018
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships
Baroness Berridge Portrait
Baroness Berridge
Vice Chair & Secretary
Conservative - Life peer
Joined: 28th September 2017
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships
Lord Bellingham Portrait
Lord Bellingham
Chair & Registered Contact
Conservative - Life peer
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 2nd May 2017
4 APPG Memberships
Caribbean , Côte d’Ivoire , Libya , Norfolk Island
Patrick Grady Portrait
Patrick Grady
Co-Chair
Scottish National Party - Glasgow North
Joined: 31st August 2016
Departed: 2nd May 2017
Earl of Sandwich Portrait
Earl of Sandwich
Vice Chair
Crossbench - Excepted Hereditary
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 21st July 2016
Lord Bellingham Portrait
Lord Bellingham
Chair & Registered Contact
Conservative - Life peer
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 23rd December 2015
4 APPG Memberships
Caribbean , Côte d’Ivoire , Libya , Norfolk Island