Who we are and what we do


We are committed to inquiring into issues of current interest and significance for pharmacy, patients and the NHS. We have chosen to adopt some of the principles of operation that select committees of the House use. We hold meetings and investigations into current issues, inviting expert speakers to explain their views to us



We do this in public, with an invited audience comprising health professionals, patient groups, government officials, industry representatives and the media. Attendance at our meetings is usually over 100, making our Group one of the most successful and high profile in Parliament.

Following each meeting we prepare a report to Health Ministers containing our findings, views and recommendations for policy action, just as a select committee would do.

Ministers respond to our recommendations and we are pleased to have positively influenced government policy over a number of issues through our work, including emergency hormonal contraception, concordance and wasted medicines, and the government's response to the OFT's proposals on 'control of entry'.

To read about forthcoming events and inquiries click here

The All-Party Pharmacy Group receives financial support from: Company Chemists Association, National Pharmacy Association, PSNC and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. Luther Pendragon provides administrative assistance to the Group.




Officers of the All-Party Pharmacy Group

The Officers of the All-Party Pharmacy Group stand for election each year at the Group's Annual General Meeting. Our current officers are as follows:

The Rt Hon Sir Kevin Barron MP (Labour, Rother Valley)

Vice Chairs:
Baroness Cumberlege (Conservative)
Oliver Colvile MP (Conservative, Plymouth Sutton and Devonport)

Paula Sherriff (Lab, Dewsbury)

These officers were elected at the Group's AGM in July 2015.

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. The All-Party Pharmacy Group receives financial support from: Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC), the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and Pharmacy Voice (PV). Secretariat functions are provided by Luther Pendragon. A full list of Luther Pendragon’s clients can be found here