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The APPG for the Wood Panel Industry

The APPG’s aim is to raise within Parliament issues of concern to the wood panel industry, and provide Parliamentarians with accurate information about matters relating to the industry.

An All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) is a group of parliamentarians formed to discuss a subject in which members have a common interest and enthusiasm. The Groups are not controlled by a party whip and only backbench members of both Houses (i.e. those who do not hold a ministerial position) are eligible to join.

Following Parliament’s dissolution on Tuesday 6th November ahead of the UK General Election on Thursday 12th December 2019, the APPG has been dissolved. We intend to hold our inaugural meeting for the prospective APPG for the Wood Panel Industry once the new parliamentary session has commenced. All references to the APPG on this website predate Parliament’s dissolution.

Expert Working Group for the Wood Panel Industry

At the relaunch of the APPG on 13th June 2018, an announcement was made to launch an Expert Working Group on behalf of the Wood Panel Industry. The aim of the Expert Working Group is to mitigate the impact of existing UK energy policy on the wood panel industry by examining policy options available to combat the unintended consequences of biomass subsidy.

On Monday 5th November 2018, the Expert Working Group presented their findings in the form of a draft Policy Report to Claire Perry (Former MP and Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth) at the House of Commons.

At the AGM of the APPG for the Wood Panel Industry on Thursday 7th February 2019, the published Report was presented to members of the APPG for the Wood Panel Industry. The Report assesses:

1. The challenges facing the wood panel sector sector due to lack of security of domestic wood supply.
2. How the industry can meet UK demand for wood panel products post Brexit.
3. How it can coexist with the wood processing and wood fuels sectors which also rely on a finite domestic wood supply

Please find the Expert Working Group Policy Report available here.

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