All Party Groups (APGs) or All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal committees, run by and for parliamentarians. They usually consist of backbench Members of the Houses of Commons and Lords.
The APPG on M.E. was first set up in 1999. It aims to raise awareness of M.E. and support the improvement of health, social care, education and employment opportunities for people affected by M.E.
The Group was re-formed in July 2010 following the May General Election.
The Group is listed in the official Register of All Party Groups. This means it is recognised by Parliament, although it does not have any formal powers.
It plays an important role in drawing the attention of MPs, Ministers and Lords to M.E. related issues.
Action for M.E. provides the Secretariat, together with the ME Association.