Governance and Guidelines
The Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) works as a charity for the wider public interest, seeking to achieve better legislation through having better-informed and more knowledgeable parliamentarians. Its role with respect to parliamentarians is educational rather than seeking to promote the particular interests of its corporate supporters.
Fellowships are educational
Fellowships are explicitly educational, based upon objectives and learning outcomes agreed at the outset. Fellowship programmes and placements are specifically designed to meet these objectives.
Fellowships are open to all and non-partisan
Fellowships are open to all parliamentarians (MPs, UK MEPs and peers) regardless of party. The IPT also offers Fellowships to senior staff from both Houses of Parliament.
Fellowships are independent and non-lobbying
Fellowships are arranged by the IPT independently of any specific organisation, and are explicitly non-lobbying. Fellowships can take place in any organisation and hosting organisations should not use a Fellowship to gain any particular advantage beyond the educational objectives agreed at the outset. Parliamentarians should not use Fellowships to gain an unfair advantage in their parliamentary work or to lobby on behalf of their host organisation(s). These rules are explained to all parties from the outset and are at the core of the IPT's ethos.
Fellowships are transparent and accountable
Fellowships are a matter of public record and all Fellowships are publicised on the IPT website and through its quarterly e-newsletter. Most Fellowships are also publicised more widely in specialist, local and national media publications, such as, House magazine and in biographical listings such as Dods Parliamentary Companion.
At a time when all parliamentarians are coming under closer scrutiny, the IPT provides a lobby-free area in which information can be sought and given irrespective of commercial or party-political interest.
If you have any questions about the guidelines or would like any support, please contact the Fellowship Manager, Dominic Gates.
Parliamentarians undertaking Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) Fellowships and organisations hosting them are required to abide by the rules set out in the IPT's Fellowship Guidelines. These rules ensure that IPT Fellowships are non-lobbying, non-partisan, transparent, accountable and compatible with the IPT's educational ethos.
IPT guidelines on the use of expenses either through the IPSA expenses scheme (House of Commons) or Financial Support for Members' (House of Lords) in relation to Fellowships are incorporated into the Fellowship Guidelines, in the Appendices. This section also includes information on the registration of Fellowships (where appropriate) with the House authorities. Please refer to this document for further information or contact the Fellowship Manager with any questions.
The IPT Fellowship expenses record sheet B1 is also available in Appendix B of the Fellowship Guidelines (above).
The following sources may also be useful:
The Fellowship Committee
The Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) Fellowship Committee advises the Trustee Board on the development of the IPT’s Fellowship programmes for parliamentarians and corporate representatives. It exists to oversee the work of the IPT secretariat in managing, developing and offering a wide range of Fellowship programmes to MPs, MEPs, peers and senior parliamentary staff.
The Fellowship Committee currently consists of:
- David Amess MP - Chairman of the Fellowship Committee
- Russell Brown MP
- Fiona Bruce MP
- Jenny Willot MP