Secretariat

How are we funded?

The APPG on Unconventional Oil and Gas is funded by annual subscription fees from Associate Members and by individual donations from companies and other interested groups. Industry has a responsibility to support open debate and to share evidence about the potential risks and rewards from exploiting the UK’s unconventional oil and gas resources. There is no charge for trade associations, environmental and consumer groups or academics to become members of the APPG, in order to ensure that these voices are reflected in our discussion and debate.

All monies received relating to the APPG are declared on the Parliament website within 28 days of receipt.  Please note that there may sometimes be an administrative delay between the Members listed on this website and those on the Parliamentary Register.

A word from the Chair on funding

All Party Parliamentary Groups quite rightly receive no taxpayer funding from the taxpayer. Funding is required, however, to run a professional and effective group. There are costs associated with administration, event management, running a website and more. Many APPGs therefore face a challenge in securing support from companies or organisations with an interest in their subject without running the risk of being seen to compromise their independence. Most are funded through membership fees, sponsorship arrangements, or a combination of the two.

I believe industry has a responsibility to support open debate and to share evidence about the potential risks and rewards from exploiting the UK’s unconventional oil and gas resources. APPG funding will be drawn from as broad a spread of sources as possible, but my hope is that the fledgling UK industry is sincere about having an informed debate, and is eager to support work done to lift up all the stones and peer beneath them. The APPG officers and I will ensure that the APPG for Unconventional Oil and Gas is an independent group informed by the best available evidence, and we will be helped in this by an independent Advisory Panel drawn from a wide range of interests.

The APPG for Unconventional Oil and Gas is therefore funded by annual subscription fees from Associate Members and by individual sponsorship from companies and other interested groups. Associate Members have no say over the running of the group, and sponsorship confers no special access or privileges. In order to ensure a wide range of voices are reflected in this debate, there is no membership charge for trade associations, environmental and consumer groups or academics. All funds received (no matter how great or small the amount) are declared in the Register of All-Party Groups, which is compiled and published by the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. The Secretariat of the APPG is run by Hill+Knowlton Strategies.