“The Friendship of the British people with the people of the United States is deep and abiding” The Rt. Hon. Anthony Eden, MP, Leader of the House of Commons, 1944.
The British-American Parliamentary Group (BAPG) is an all-party interparliamentary body that promotes exchanges and understanding between British parliamentarians and US political and other leading figures. It has some 600 members from both Houses of Parliament. Its Chairman is the Prime Minister, its Joint Presidents are the Speaker of the House of Commons and the Lord Speaker and the Co-Vice Chair are normally of Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial office.
The BAPG was formed shortly before the Second World War to promote closer relations and understanding between Members of both Houses of Parliament and Members of both Houses of the United States Congress by providing opportunities for discussion on problems common to both countries and for the exchange of visits and information. During the Second World War the British Government started funding the Group.
The Group is now financed mainly by a grant from the House of Commons Commission and the House of Lords House Committee and partly by members’ subscriptions.
The core of the BAPG’s programme is alternate Annual Conferences with the House and with the Senate.