Smart Cities All-Party Parliamentary Group

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The Smart Cities All-Party Parliamentary Group (SCAPPG) was formed in September 2014 'to engage parliamentarians who share an interest in how the digital revolution can benefit our cities and how the UK can take the lead in seizing a substantial share of the international 'smart cities' market.'[1]


Writing the brief of the website of the SCAPPG, Chair of the Smart Cities All-Party Parliamentary Group Mark Prisk MP helped to expand on the reasons behind the groups foundation:

'The global urban population is forecast to double from 2000 to 2025, with 180,000 people joining a city each and every day.

The municipal leaders charged with running these complex networks of people, infrastructure and services are on a constant search for more efficient ways to analyse data, anticipate problems and coordinate resources in their cities. The goal for many is to become a Smart City, one that, through technology, better understands its own ecosystem, and continually improves its operation as a result. In 2013, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills produced a report called ‘Smart Cities Market – Opportunities for the UK’ which demonstrated the global opportunity associated with smart city development is £250bn.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Smart Cities brings together Parliamentarians with the British academics, NGOs, businesses and local governments that are leading the global smart cities revolution. Together, we raise awareness of the many issues associated with Smart Cities, and provide a platform for stakeholders from different sectors to collaborate and share best practices.

If you would like to learn more about Smart Cities, I’d encourage you to explore the resources section of this website, which will be continually updated, and if you are interested in joining us, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.'[2]


In January 2015, HyperCatCity was established to help businesses and cities work together in finding new and more effective ways to deliver services through the efficient use of data and technology. Three cities - London, Bristol and Milton Keynes - are involved to help small and big businesses alike to enable more effective service delivery. Merlin Hay (Lord Erroll), Vice-Chair of the Smart Cities All-Party Parliamentary Group,hosted the event at the House of Lords bringing together government officials, leaders of industry and smart city experts. According to the BIS,the global market for Smart City technology solutions or services could reach £250 billion by 2020, and the head of digital for Innovate UK, the UK's innovation agency, spoke highly of the development:

'Smart Cities will not only create better services for citizens but also big export opportunities for UK Businesses. Thanks to projects like HyperCat the UK has a real window of opportunity to take the lead in this fast growing market' [3]


  • To bring together parliamentarians with the British academics, NGOs, businesses and local governments that are leading the global smart cities revolution
  • To explore and debate the many issues surrounding Smart Cities and identify the main barriers to faster development of Smart Cities in the UK
  • To ensure the dissemination of best practices and lessons learnt from the pioneering global municipalities. [4]


Parliamentary officers, September 2015-April 2016

Members, February 2016

Parliamentary officers as at March 2015

Members as at March 2015


The SCAPPG's secretariat is Bellenden, an independent public affairs agency. It took over the contract from Ove Arup and Partners International Ltd in 2015 and supports the chair and officers of the group in carrying out activities by managing meetings and events, as well as day to day administrative matters. [11]


As an all-party parliamentary group, the SCAPPG receives no taxpayer funding, but is instead funded by subscriptions from Associate members, sponsorship arrangements or a combination of these. There is no membership charge for trade associations, local authorities, non-profits, environmental and consumer groups or academics.

Registered benefits

Registered benefits as at February 2016

As stated in the register of All-Party groups: (Bellenden now acts as the group's secretariat) £2,500 membership fees were received from the following: (Registered June 2015) Grant Thornton UK LLP | URS Infrastructure and Environment Ltd (AECOM) | Mott McDonald | Axillium Consulting Ltd | Osborne Clark | Peter Brett Associates LLP | Flexeye | Open Energi [12][6]

Registered benefits as at March 2015

As stated in the register of All-Party groups: (Ove Arup and Partners International Ltd were secretariat in this period) £2,500 membership fees were received from the following: (Registered July 2014) World Energy Council | Schneider Electric | S&C Electric Europe | Navigant Research (Registered October 2014) Greener Energy Options | Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd | Microsoft | | Arup | BRE Group | Silver Spring Network | Skanska | Huawei Technologies Ltd | Dow International (Registered November 2014) Intel and Arqiva (Registered March 2015) Siemens | Skanska | Grant Thornton Ltd | Living PlanIT | AECOM | Mott Mcdonald | Peter Brett Associates LLP | Osborne Clark | Axilium Consulting Ltd [13]

Associate members

Associate members as at September 2015

4 Green Architecture | ABB | Accenture | Age UK | Aldersgate Group | | Amey | ARM | Arqiva | Arup | Asset Mapping | Association of Consulting Engineers | Axillium Research | BEAMA | Better Cities | Birmingham City Council | Birmingham University | Bloomberg New Energy Finance | Bouyges UK | BRE Group | Bristol City Council | Bristol Is Open | British Expertise | BSI | Building and Engineering Services Association | Carbon Disclosure Project | Carbon Voyage | Cardiff City Council | Carillion PLC | CBI | Centre for Cities | CH2M Hill | Chinwag | Cisco | Citizens Advice | Cleantech Investor | Clicksandlinks | Cognicity Challenge | Connected Digital Economy | Crossrail | Croydon Council | Cyan Technology | Dearman Engine | DECC | Department for Business, Innovation and Skills | DigitGroupInc | Dow Chemicals | Durkin Associates | Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovations | Edinburgh City Council | Edinburgh Napier University | Electricity Storage Network | Embassy of Switzerland | Embassy of Taiwan | Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands | Ernst & Young | Ethos VO | Federation of Small Businesses | Flexeye | Friends of the Earth | Future Cities Catapult | GDF Suez | GDF Suez Cofely | GLA | Glasgow City Council | Grant Thornton | Green Investment Bank | Greener Investment Bank | Greener Energy Options | GRID-Smarter Cities Limited | Hitachi Europe | Huawei | IBM | Imperial College London | Independent | Industry & Parliament Trust | Innovate UK | Institution of Mechanical Engineers | Intel | Intelligent & Green Systems Ltd | Japan Local Government Centre | Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates | Land Journal(RICS) | Leeds City Council | Leeds University Business School | Liverpool City Council | Living PlanIT | London Assembley | London Borough of Bromley | London Borough of Islington | London Legacy Development Corporation | London School of Economics | Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership | LSE Cities-Urban Age Programme | Maingate | Manchester City Council | Manchester Digital | Microsoft Public Sector | Milton Keynes Council | Miramar | Mott Mcdonald | Movement Strategies | Navigant | Nesta | Newport City Council | Nominet | Nottingham City Council | Open Data Institute | Open Energi | Opportunity Peterborough | Ordnance Survey | Osborne Clark | PA Consulting | Parsons Brinkerhoff | Peter Brett Associates LLP | Peterborough Environment City Trust | Plymouth City Council Plymouth University | Portsmouth City Council | Portsmouth University | ProDrive | Red Ninja Ltd | RegenSW | Renewable Energy Association | Resurgence | RIBA | RICS | Royal Academy of Engineering | Royal Borough of Greenwich | Royal Borough of Richmond Upon Thames | Royal College of Art | Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors | S&C Electric Europe | Samsung Electronics | SAP | Schneider Electric | School of Computer Science and Statistics | Trinity College, Dublin | Shaping Cloud | Siemens | Silver Spring Networks | Skanska | Smart Energy GB | Smart Grid GB | SOAS | South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership | SpaceSyntax | Stevens & Bolton LLP | Strathclyde Business School | Technology Strategy Board | Telefonica | The Carbon Trust | The Climate Group | The Crown Estate | The Ecological Sequestration Trust | The Gambica Association Ltd | The IET | The Open University | The University of Sheffield | The Urban Tide | Transport Research Laboratory | Transport Systems Catapult | UK Broadband | UK Government Office for Science | UK Power Networks | UKTI | University College London | University of Bristol | University of Exeter | University of Leeds | University of Manchester | University of Oxford | University of Reading | University of Aberdeen | UrbanDNA | URS/AECOM | US Embassy | Virtual Viewing | Voyage Control | West of England Local Enterprise Partnership | World Energy Council | Zeeta Networks | Zennstrom Philanthropies [14]


Link to the SCAPPG's formal website, which provides basic information on the group, membership, financing and upcoming events or meetings.


The public enquiry point for the group is Clementine Cowton on behalf of Bellenden

Address: Level 4, Lafone House, The Weathermarket, 11-13 Weston Street, London SE1 3ER

Tel: 020 7234 3303



  1. Register of All-Party Groups 30 July 2015Parliament Website, accessed 1 October 2015
  2. Smart Cities Home - Mark, accessed 5 October 2015
  3. Launch of Smart Cities InitiativesGov.UK, accessed 5 October 2015
  4. Smart Cities - What we, accessed 1 October 2015
  5. Register of 29 September 2015Parliament Website, accessed 1 October 2015
  6. 6.0 6.1 Smart Cities APPG Register Feb 16,, accessed 18 February 2016
  7. Smart Cities, Register of All-Party Parliamentary Groups 28 April 2016,, accessed 12 May 2016
  8. Smart Cities APPG Parliamentary, accessed 18 February 2016
  9. Register of 30 March 2015Parliament Website, accessed 1 October 2015
  10. Register as of 30 March 2015Parliament Website, accessed 1 October 2015
  11. Smart Cities, accessed 1 October 2015
  12. Register of 29 September 2015Parliament Website, accessed 1 October 2015
  13. Register 30 March 2015Parliament Website, accessed 1 October 2015
  14. List of all Associate, accessed 1 October 2015