Governance

2018 Annual General Meeting

The ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the British Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, has been deferred from 27 November 2019 to early 2020 due to UK General Elections which were held on 12 December 2019.  Members will be notified of the new timing early in the new year for the AGM to be held in the IPU Room, off Westminster Hall,  to adopt the Annual Report of the BGIPU 2019 and elect a new Executive Committee for 2020.

The Annual Report of the BGIPU 2019 is available for download by clicking on the image below:

BGIPU’s activities are guided by a three-year Strategic Business Plan 2019/20-2021/22 adopted by the Executive Committee in February 2019 in line with the requirements set out by our funding bodies in the Financial Memorandum.

The current Strategic Plan is available for download by clicking on the image below;

Details of Governance

Governance of the BGIPU is exercised through a 26-member Executive Committee (ExCo), appointed by its entire membership. The ExCo manages a Forward Programme of engagement with counterpart parliaments under the auspices of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

The Executive Committee is led by the Chair, three Vice-Chairs and a Treasurer. They are appointed annually at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) as stipulated in the Rules of the BGIPU. It is supported by a Secretariat, led by a Director, a Deputy Director and programme advisory and management staff.

Arrangements for funding Inter-Parliamentary Groups in the UK Parliament have evolved over many years. While funding of the BGIPU originally came from member contributions, and later the FCO and Treasury, in recent years the funding has been provided directly by both Houses of Parliament with 70 percent from the House of Commons and 30 percent from the House of Lords.  Public funding of BGIPU’s activities, including its annual membership contribution to the IPU is legislated through the International Parliamentary Organisations (Registration) Act 1989.

A Financial Memorandum (FM) was first produced in 2009 to underpin this funding relationship. The current financial memoranda requires the preparation of detailed and costed annual business plans, regular reports of outturn figures and limits on reserves as recommended by Internal Audit. BGIPU is also required to follow specific administrative, financial and human resources policies, analogous to those currently held by the House of Commons and the House of Lords, but proportionate and relevant to BGIPU’s own unique circumstances.

Financial oversight is exercised by a twice yearly Audit Committee selected from members of the Executive Committee. The BGIPU also has an annual external audit, with authorised financial statements, an explanatory commentary, and a key issues memorandum presented to the Audit Committee in mid-year for consideration and referral to the Executive Committee.

In accordance with the rules of the Group, the BGIPU produces an Annual Report in advance of the Annual General Meeting.