Writers APPG

First Registered: 30/07/2015 • Last updated on: 10/03/2021

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To represent the interests of all writers; to safeguard their intellectual property rights; and to ensure they receive a fair level of recognition and reward for their contribution to the economy and society as a whole.

Note: All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal, cross-party groups formed by MPs and Members of the House of Lords who share a common interest in a particular policy area, region or country. APPGs have no official status within Parliament.


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Recent Documents related to Writers

1. DCDC writers' handbook
02/12/2020 - Ministry of Defence
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Found: Guidance DCDC writers' handbook The Writers' handbook helps writers understand how to use

2. Writers Guild of Great Britain: Other related Documents
21/07/2020 - Certification Officer
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Found: Corporate report Writers Guild of Great Britain: Other related Documents This

3. Arvon - written evidence
12/06/2018 - Inquiry: The Social Impact of Participation in Culture and Sport - Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
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Found: evidence2.       An outline of Arvon’s Teachers as Writers project in partnership with The University of Exeter

4. Economic impact of coronavirus
21/04/2020 - Inquiry: Economic impact of coronavirus - Treasury Committee
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Found: 1 The Writers Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) submission to the call for evidence on Government's

5. Writers Guild of Great Britain: Rules
21/07/2020 - Certification Officer
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Found: Corporate report Writers Guild of Great Britain: Rules Rules for Writers Guild of Great Britain

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Writers

1. Coronation Street: 60th Anniversary
02/12/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: hon. Friend is absolutely right. Those script writers pushed the boundaries. They were very brave to - Speech Link
2: very dodgy hat and scarf, I seem to recall.Writers including Jack Rosenthal, Kay Mellor, Sally Wainwright - Speech Link
3: north-west MP. It is not just the actors and the writers that “Coronation Street” has developed. There are - Speech Link

2. Tributes
21/12/2016 - Lords Chamber

1: in December 2002. There was a time when Hansard writers were very visible to us because they sat at a table - Speech Link

3. Authors: Rights and Income
14/07/2015 - Lords Chamber

1: significant decline in the number of full-time writers, a 29% drop in the median income of professional - Speech Link
2: we need to safeguard not only the revenues for writers but the whole book ecosystem on which their revenue - Speech Link
3: who are going to buy works and the creators and writers. We have to have a good incentive system. The noble - Speech Link

4. Point of Order
28/02/2017 - Commons Chamber

1: I expect that sort of language from the sketch writers of the Daily Mail, not from the Chancellor of the - Speech Link

5. Intellectual Property
26/04/2016 - Lords Chamber

1: support our creative industries—our musicians, our writers—and this is at the heart of our policy on intellectual - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Writers
1. Writers
asked by: Kevin Brennan
24/06/2019
... what assessment he has made of the potential merits of setting up of a Creators' Council as recommended in the all-party parliamentary writers group report Supporting the Writers of Tomorrow.

2. Writers
asked by: Kevin Brennan
13/12/2018
... what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the reciprocal relationships the UK has with the EU that enable UK authors to claim public lending right payments when their books are borrowed in other EU countries.

3. Writers
asked by: Kevin Brennan
13/12/2018
... (b) residencies and (c) poetry performances after the UK has left the EU; and what assessment he has made of the ability of UK writers to undertake such activities in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

4. Writers
asked by: Kevin Brennan
23/02/2018
... what assessment he has made on the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the ability of authors to undertake provisional book tours in EU countries.

5. Writers: Income
asked by: Chris Evans
15/07/2019
... what estimate the Government has made of the number of people who rely partially on income from writing.

Latest Questions
10 Current APPG Officers
Giles Watling Portrait
Giles Watling
Chair & Registered Contact
Conservative - Clacton
Joined: 18th July 2018
Pete Wishart Portrait
Pete Wishart
Vice Chair
Scottish National Party - Perth and North Perthshire
Joined: 30th July 2015
Earl of Clancarty Portrait
Earl of Clancarty
Vice Chair
Crossbench - Excepted Hereditary
Joined: 10th March 2021
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Giles Watling MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 0207 219 0795.

Email: giles.watling.mp@parliament.uk

Public Enquiry Point:

Barbara Hayes, Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society, 5th Floor, Shackleton House, 4 Battle Bridge Lane, London SE1 2HX. Tel: 020 7264 5700

Email: barbara.hayes@alcs.co.uk

Group's Website:

http://allpartywritersgroup.co.uk/

Benefits in Kind
Date
11 Jun 2019
Source
Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society
Description
Event
Value
£3,001
Date
4 Dec 2018
Source
Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society
Description
Reception held on 04/12/2018
Value
£3,001
Date
4 Dec 2018
Source
Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society
Description
Reception
Value
£3,001
Date
17 Jul 2018
Source
Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society
Description
Secretariat   From : 17/07/2018 To : 16/07/2019
Value
£3,001
Date
27 Jun 2018
Source
Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society
Description
Reception held on 27/06/2018
Value
£3,001
Date
27 Jun 2018
Source
Authors Licensing and Collecting Society
Description
Reception held on 27/06/2018
Value
£3,001
Date
24 May 2016
Source
Authors' Licensing & Collecting Society
Description
Reception
Value
£4,501
Date
1 Jan 2016
Source
Authors' Licensing & Collecting Society
Description
Secretariat   From : 01/01/2016 To : 31/12/2016
Value
£1,501
Date
10 Jun 2015
Source
Authors' Licensing & Collecting Society
Description
Secretariat   From : 10/06/2015 To : 31/12/2015
Value
£1,501

No direct financial benefits are on record for the Writers APPG

Former APPG Officers
John Whittingdale Portrait
John Whittingdale
Chair & Registered Contact
Conservative - Maldon
Joined: 28th September 2017
Departed: 24th February 2020
Lord Dobbs Portrait
Lord Dobbs
Vice Chair
Conservative - Life peer
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 2nd May 2017
No other APPG Memberships
Jim Dowd Portrait
Jim Dowd
Treasurer
Labour - Former Member for Lewisham West and Penge
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 2nd May 2017
No other APPG Memberships