Fourth Industrial Revolution All-Party Parliamentary Group

Supporting and promoting the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in Parliament and encouraging government, parliamentarians, academics, the private sector, and other stakeholders to engage with 4IR-related issues


The All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Fourth Industrial Revolution was launched to encourage pro-active engagement with the policy implications of new and emerging technologies, and to raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities of the 4IR. In the coming years the APPG will focus on how the UK can lead the world in harnessing the 4IR for economic growth, tackle some of the big issues surrounding new and emerging technologies, and make sure that the 4IR consists not of changes that happen to us, but changes that work for all of us. The APPG holds regular events in Westminster, more details of which can be found on the events section of the website. If you would like to get in contact with the APPG then please click here.

Creative England and 4IR APPG celebrate UK creative industries

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and our sponsor Creative England hosted an exclusive Westminster reception in January 2018 celebrating and exploring the role of creativity and emerging technologies in the UK economy.

We will never be forced to relinquish everything to robots, because at our core, we are a creative people – and the creative industries will be a key part of the UK’s post-Brexit future.

APPG Chair Alan Mak MP and Creative England’s Chief Executive Caroline Norbury writing in The Times ahead of the reception.

WEF Chairman backs plans for UK 4IR hub at APPG Autumn Reception

The Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF) has called on the Government to open a specialist hub in Britain to develop policies to enable the growth of science and technology in the UK. Professor Klaus Schwab was speaking in Parliament on Monday at the Autumn Reception of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). This term describes the accelerated advancement of new technologies, which includes everything from driverless cars, advanced artificial intelligence and autonomous factories to an increasingly integrated smart system of connected household appliances. His idea for a Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Centre would mirror one already opened in San Francisco, which brings together business leaders, policy makers and international organisations to improve co-operation and laws that govern new technology.

Chancellor launches new All-Party Group on the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Chancellor underlined his commitment to emerging technologies, innovative businesses, and improved technical skills in a speech today (Monday 20 March) as he launched a new parliamentary group dedicated to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), chaired by Conservative MP Alan Mak. Philip Hammond told an audience of over 250 Parliamentarians and business leaders that retooling our economy will be of vital importance in the future as new technology redefines our workplace and disrupts jobs. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is a term that has become widely prevalent and describes the new wave of technological breakthroughs transforming economies and societies around the world, including automated robotics, artificial intelligence and inter-connected devices– also known as the Internet of Things.



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