Organisation

The British-American Parliamentary Group is an all party, bilateral, interparliamentary body. 

The Group acts as an autonomous body within Parliament.   It appoints its own administrative staff to carry out its objectives and the Rules of the Group define the limitations on its powers.

The management of the Group is vested in the Executive Committee.  The Honorary Secretary and the Joint Honorary Treasurers are nominated by the Executive Committee and ratified each year at the Annual General Meeting as additional members of the Executive Committee with full voting rights. They are primarily responsible for the Group's activities and the Administrator, who is an official of the Committee and not a member, is responsible for the executive work of the Group.  The Chairman of the Group is the Prime Minister. The two Vice-Chairmen of the Executive Committee are normally of Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet rank.

                              Officers and Members of the Executive Committee, 2016-2017

Joint Presidents

The Speaker of the House of Commons
The Lord Speaker
 

Vice-Presidents

The Rt. Hon. Margaret Beckett, DBE, MP
The Rt. Hon. the Baroness Boothroyd, OM
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Carrington, KG, GCMG, CH, MC, DL
The Rt. Hon. Nick Clegg, MP
The Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith, MP
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Falconer of Thoroton, QC
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Hague of Richmond
The Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond, MP
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Howard of Lympne, CH, QC
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Jopling, DL
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Mackay of Clashfern, KT
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Martin of Springburn
The Rt. Hon. Ed Miliband, MP
The Rt. Hon. Andrew Mitchell, MP
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Morris of Aberavon, KG, QC
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Owen, CH
The Rt. Hon. Angus Robertson, MP

 

Chair

The Prime Minister
  

Vice-Chair

The Rt. Hon. Chris Grayling, MP
Vernon Coaker, MP
 

Honorary Secretary

The Rt. Hon. Sir Greg Knight, MP
 

Honorary Treasurers

The Rt. Hon. Sir Simon Burns, MP
The Rt. Hon. John Spellar, MP 
 

As a result of the elections held at the Group's Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 6th July 2016, the following Members were elected to the Executive Committee to serve until the Annual General Meeting in July 2017:

                                   Members of the Executive Committee 2016-2017

House of Commons

Government Parties
Christopher Chope, OBE, MP
 Mike Freer, MP
Stephen Hammond, MP
Pauline Latham, OBE, MP
Jack Lopresti, MP
Alan Mak, MP
 
  

Opposition Parties
The Rt. Hon. Ann Clwyd, MP
Angela Crawley, MP
 Kevan Jones, MP
 The Rt. Hon. John Healey, MP
 Diana Johnson, MP
Conor McGinn, MP

House of Lords

Conservative Party
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Trimble 
The Baroness O'Cathain, OBE

 

Labour Party
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Anderson of Swansea, DL 
The Rt. Hon. the Lord McFall of Alcluith

Liberal Democrat
The Rt. Hon. the Lord McNally
   

Cross Bench
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Fellowes, GCB, GCVO, QSO

Administrator : Hannah Mitchell

In Washington, the BAPG is actually authorized by law, with the Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority Leader appointing and authorizing Members of the House and Senate to meet with MPs for annual conferences and other activities.  Funding is obtained each year through appropriations to pay for its expenses. 

In the United States Senate, the BAPG is led by Senator Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  It is they who convene the Senate delegations to the Group meetings. 

In the United States House of Representatives, Representative Ander Crenshaw (R-Florida) is chair of the House BAPG.  He is a member of the Appropriations Committee, where he chairs the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee and sits on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. 

It is the commitment of the Chairs and Vice Chairs of the Senate and House BAPG and other Congressional leaders and their staff which ensures the continuity of these links between the two legislatures.