Ref NoBPS/001/11/04/01/06
TitleBPS Parliamentary Group Papers 1992
Extent1 file
Physical Description1 folder
DescriptionPapers and correspondence of the British Psychological Society Parliamentary Group.

13 February 1992 - Parliamentary Group agenda, minutes, papers and correspondence. [Meeting cancelled]

23 June 1992 - Parliamentary Group agenda, minutes, papers and correspondence including Impact of Disasters bill, lobbying workshop notes; launch of BPS discussion paper 'Teaching Styles in the Primary School'; clinical psychology waiting lists, launch of briefing paper on subliminal messages; BPS response to the Warner Committee enquiry into the Selection and Recruitment of Staff in Children's Homes'; honours list; Special Interest Group for Psychologists in Central Government inaugural lecture; Welsh Office GEST [Grants for Educational Support and Training] funding; agenda paper of Parliamentary and Scientific Committee meeting 21 January 1992, 19 May; Green Paper on Teacher Training; Parliamentary Group membership; Ashworth hospital enquiry; counselling for HIV testees; cuts in services for Children in Bexley; EC [European Community, later European Union] Directive Liability of Service Providers; promoting psychological research in the Social Sciences; International Affairs network; draft working party report Royal College of Psychiatrists /British Psychological Society 'Psychological Therapies for Adults in the National Health Service'.

1 October 1992 - Parliamentary Group agenda, minutes, papers and correspondence including publicity for replies to Parliamentary Questions; Group membership; Parliamentary lecture at London Conference; review of sponsored MPs; Science Festival 92 [British Association]; identifying significant members of Select Committees; Clinical Psychology manpower issues; creation of STEMPRA; draft article for 'the Psychologist' on how to use sponsored MPs; HFEA [Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority] annual report; proposed briefing on 'Selection for Innovation'; Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology funding and job descriptions; introductory letters to Ministers and spokespeople; evidence to the Health Committee'; BPS response to 'Special Educational Needs: Access to the System' Green Paper.
NotesThe History of Psychology Centre is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all our users. Be aware that our catalogue contains historic terminology relating to mental health which could be considered offensive. The terminology exists within the original record and has been retained to inform users on viewpoints at the time. It in no way reflects the attitudes of the cataloguers or the British Psychological Society.
Stephen White Director of Information's File
Related MaterialBPS/001/11/04/01/05 BPS Parliamentary Group Papers 1991
BPS/001/11/04/01/07 BPS Parliamentary Group Papers 1993
BPS/001/11/04/03/05/04 Special Educational Needs Reports, Inquiry and White Paper 1991-1993
BPS/001/11/04/03/05/08 Response to the Inquiry into the Selection, Development and Management of Staff in Children's Homes (Warner) 1992-1993
BPS/001/11/04/02/05/01 Psychological Aspects of Disaster Report and Proposed Legislation 1987-1991
BPS/001/11/04/02/05/08 Teaching Styles in the Primary School 1992
BPS/001/11/04/02/05/09 Subliminal Messages 1992
AccessConditionsRegistered Users by Appointment Only.
Location13: BPS History of Psychology Centre, London
TermClassroom techniques
Occupational psychology
Child psychology
Public Relations
Parliamentary Lobbying
AdminHistoryResponses to Government policies papers and commissions were traditionally the responsibility of British Psychological Society Boards, Divisions, specifically created working parties or Subsystems including the Division of Clinical Psychology who had a Parliamentary Liaison Officer rather being a central activity.

In 1985 after the creation of the coordinating Standing Committee on Communications and the appointment of a Director of Information (Stephen White) - the Society started a more proactive approach to parliamentary and policy affairs. A parliamentary briefing was held March 1985 (as part of the launch of book) on The Psychological Aspects of Nuclear War. The Standing Committee then discussed topics for future briefings and a 'Parliamentary Team' or 'Group' was created comprising Guy Fielding, James Thompson and Stephen White. It was formally constituted as the Parliamentary Group with its first meeting on 19 November 1986 under the Chairmanship of Guy Fielding, reporting to the Standing Committee on Communications. A week earlier a briefing had been held on Psychological Aspects of Alcohol.

Lea Pearson succeeded Guy Fielding as Chair December 1988 and was herself succeeded by John Sheppard in February 1990.

John Sheppard was responsibility holder for Parliamentary activities 1990-1996 reporting to Standing Committee on Communications successor the Information Committee. The Parliamentary Group was disbanded after the review of the Information Committee in 1996.

Keith Vaz and Keith Hampson were British Psychological Society sponsored MPs c. 1992-1997. Keith Vaz and Keith Hampson were British Psychological Society sponsored MPs c. 1992-1997. Keith Vaz at the instigation of the Society tabled a private members bill in 1992 'The Impact of Disasters' but it did not received support.

A London based Parliamentary officer Ana Padilla was employed by the British Psychological Society between September 2002 and December 2010.

In July 2017 a BPS All Party Parliamentary Group for Psychology met for the first time, chaired by Lisa Cameron, MP and clerked by the British Psychological Society.
RulesDescription compiled in line with the following: ISAD (G) General International Standard Archival Description MAD3 Third Edition 2000
ArchNoteCompiled by Claire Jackson BPS Archivist History of Psychology Centre.

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