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The All Party Parliamentary Communications Group (apComms) was created in July 2007 when a merger was completed between The All Party Parliamentary Group on Communications, The All Party Parliamentary Mobile Group (apMobile) and The All Party Parliamentary Internet Group (APIG).

The apComms group exists to provide a discussion forum between the communications industry and Parliamentarians for the mutual benefit of both parties. Accordingly, the group considers all communication issues as they affect society informing current Parliamentary debate through meetings, informal receptions and reports. The group is open to all Parliamentarians in both the House of Commons and House of Lords.

If you would like to find out more about apComms, please contact the Secretariat.

A tribute to Derek Wyatt and Ian Taylor MBE

Two very active members of apComms stood down as MPs at the 2010 General Election. The tributes to Derek Wyatt (founder of APIG and Joint chairman of apComms 2006-2010) and  Ian Taylor MBE (previously a vice chairman of PITCOM and Executive committee member of apComms) by Richard Sarson can be found here and here.

An independent group of MPs and Lords, from all political parties, apComms seeks to encourage debate on a range of communications issues, bringing together relevant stakeholders including Government, Parliamentarians, industry and consumer groups.

Membership

Membership of the All Party Parliamentary Communications Group is open to all Parliamentarians in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. If you wish to become a member please contact the apComms Secretariat .

Officers

The officers of the group are:

Chairman: John Robertson MP

Vice Chairman: John Thurso MP

Treasurer: Alun Michael MP

Secretaries: Earl of Erroll & Jim Sheridan MP

Executive Committee: TBA

Activities


2010


PARLIAMENT AND THE INTERNET CONFERENCE

apComms are involved in the annual Parliament and the Internet Conference. This year Confercence took place on 14th October and was held in the Houses of Parliament.

The report from the 2010 Parliament & Internet Conference can be found here.

For more information go to the Parliament and the Internet Website:www.parliamentandinternet.org.uk

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2009


INQUIRY -“Can we keep our hands off the net?”

On April 22nd 2009, apComms launched an inquiry into Internet traffic to assess regulation of ISPs and a range of Internet traffic issues from behavioural advertising and privacy to child abuse images and Internet neutrality to answer what role Government should play when it comes to Internet traffic.

The key findings of this Inquiry were announced at the Parliament and the Internet Conference on October 15th 2009.

The final report can be seen here:

http://www.apcomms.org.uk/uploads/apComms_Final_Report.pdf

Contact

If you require further information on future apComms activities or would like to raise an issue with the Group then please e-mail the Secretariat via admin@apcomms.org.uk or contact Philip Reid on 0207 340 8730