APPG Men&Boys

What is an APPG?

“All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal cross-party groups that have no official status within Parliament. They are run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords, though many choose to involve individuals and organisations from outside Parliament in their administration and activities.”

The inaugural meeting took place on 16th March 2021


  • Chair:  Nick Fletcher MP
  • Vice-chairs: L Farmer; L Ponsonby; Caroline Ansell MP;

Follow this link to a full list of members (including officers)

Agreed remit

To raise awareness of disadvantages and poor outcomes faced by men and boys in education, mental and physical health and law; to influence attitudes, role models, policy and legislation that will lead to positive differences to their well-being and lives.‘   

Follow the APPG on Twitter: @APPGMenBoys

Minutes of meetings

Inquiry 1: ‘A boy today’. April-September 2021

What is life like for a boy today, growing up in the UK?

The APPG took evidence between April and July 2021 from seven experts and published its report: ‘A Boy Today’ in September.

Inquiry 2: The Case for a Men’s Health Strategy? October 2021-February 2022

Remit: To hear evidence from a range of UK and international men’s health experts on the case for the UK Government to create a Men’s Health Strategy.

Progress: Read the Report here

Inquiry 3: Male suicide. April 2022-September 2022

Remit: To hear evidence from a range of UK and international experts on the data, causes and solutions for reducing male suicide rates in the UK.

Progress: Read the Report here

Inquiry 4: Boys’ Educational Underachievement. March 2023-September 2023

Remit: “What is the extent, causes and potential remedies for the relative underachievement of UK boys in the education system between birth and the end and tertiary education?”

Progress: View video evidence here. View the report here.

Equi-law UK as secretariat

The APPG leadership, agenda and activities of the APPG is determined by the APPG itself. The role of Equi-law UK is not to offer specific solutions or policies, but to promote the establishment of the group, provide its secretariat and organise the speakers and other sources of evidence to promote discussion of these issues so that they are considered and addressed by the parliamentary process.


This APPG does not have a budget, the secretariat is run by volunteers.  Groups are not required to register services provided by volunteers who donate their own services.

Potential future issues

  • The challenges faced by boys and men at all stages of education including attainment and re-skilling
  • The challenges faced by the most marginalised men and boys in society (for instance, homeless men, boys in care and the high rate of male deaths in custody)
  • Male victims of violence, including sexual violence
  • The challenges faced by men as parents, particularly new fathers, separated fathers and shared parenting
  • Male victims and survivors of sexual abuse, rape, sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, forced marriage, honour-based crime, stalking and slavery
  • The negative portrayal of men, boys and fathers in the media

APPG actions

  1. Written parliamentary questions.
  2. Oral questions for the chambers.
  3. Events in Parliament on specific issues.
  4. Westminster Hall and short Lords debates
  5. Submissions for Select Committees.
  6. Publish reports.
  7. Press releases and Tweets.
  8. Advocacy letters.

This is not an official website of the House of Commons or the House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or its committees. All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of Members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed in these webpages are those of the group.