The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Security and Non-Proliferation
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The APPG is a cross-party group of UK Parliamentarians encouraging discussion and debate on matters relating to global security and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction – whether nuclear, chemical or biological.
How the APPG came about
Set up in 1999 by Malcolm Savidge with the support of Mike Gapes, Ming Campbell and Sir Richard Body, the APPG was envisaged as an open platform for Parliamentarians to have a cross-party, cross-ideology discussion on international security. At the time there was no other APPG working on international security in Parliament. The APPG organised a parliamentary delegation to US Congress, and facilitated former US Defence Secretary Robert McNamara’s visit to the UK.
When Malcolm Savidge left the Commons at the 2005 election, Lord Garden took over as Chair. Until his death from cancer in 2007, Lord Garden continued the APPG’s proud tradition of facilitating parliamentary discussion with experts on security matters. In 2008, Lord Hannay of Chiswick and Tony Lloyd took over as Vice-Convenors. During this time the APPG organised a parliamentary delegation to US Congress at the beginning of Obama’s Presidency in 2009.
Mike Gapes agreed to stand as Vice-Convenor, after Tony Lloyd left Parliament in 2012. Lord Hannay and Sir Bottomley convene the APPG to this day. BASIC continues to serve as the Secretariat to the APPG, with Rishi Paul serving as its Clerk.
The APPG is co-chaired by Lord Hannay of Chiswick and Sir Peter Bottomley MP. Its officers provide parliamentary expertise and a range of diverse perspectives on issues relating to global security.
Lord Hannay of Chiswick
Former Ambassador of the UK to the EEC, Former Ambassador of the UK to the UN, Member of the International Affairs Select Committee
Sir Peter Bottomley MP
Member of the EU Select Committee
Lord Browne of Ladyton
Member of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee and former Secretary of State for Defence
Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer
Chairman of the EU Financial Affairs Sub-Committee, Member of the EU Select Committee
Baroness Falkner of Margravine
Member of the EU Select Committee
Martin Docherty-Hughes MP
Member of the UK Defence Select Committee
Baron Wood of Anfield
Member of the House of Lords European Union and EU External Affairs Sub-Committee
Hilary Benn MP
Former Chair of the Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union
If not extended by the US and Russia by February 2021, the New START Treaty…
The meeting heard from two speakers about how the emergence of new drone technologies were changing the dynamics of war.
The APPG met on 22 May 2019 with Ambassador Aidan Liddle and BASIC Executive Director Paul Ingram to discuss the 2019 Non-Proliferation Treaty Preparatory Committee (NPT PrepCom) which took place from 30 April to 10 May at the UN.
On 13 February, the APPG on Global Security and Non-Proliferation held a meeting to discuss the current climate for disarmament and the upcoming NPT review conference in 2020.
On 21 January, the APPG on Global Security and Non-Proliferation held a meeting to discuss the UK’s approach to global non-proliferation and disarmament diplomacy.
On 20 November, the APPG on Global Security and Non-Proliferation held a meeting to discuss the state of US relations with Iran and North Korea following the Singapore summit and reinstatement of US sanctions against Iran.
On 31 October, the APPG on Global Security and Non-Proliferation held a meeting to discuss the future of the INF Treaty, following President Trump announcing his intention to withdraw.
On 18 August, the APPG on Global Security and Non-Proliferation held a meeting to discuss the future of the transatlantic alliance after the NATO and Helsinki Summits
Read about the APPG's work over this Parliament.
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