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Visiting Parliament

Proceedings of both Houses are normally public and may be broadcast on television and radio, either live or, more usually, in recorded or edited form.

The House of Commons Strangers' Gallery is open to the public when the House is sitting, which is usually:

  • 2.30 pm - 10.30 pm or later on Mondays
  • 11.30 am - 7.30 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • 11.30 am  - 6.00 pm on Thursdays
  • 9.30 pm - 3.00 pm on sitting Fridays
You can write to your local MP to get tickets for Prime Minister's Question Time

When the House of Commons returns after a recess on a day other than a Monday, the first day will have Monday sitting times. The Stranger's Gallery is closed to the public when the House is in recess.

The first hour of proceedings is devoted to Question Time, Prime Minister's Question Time on Wednesdays. To attend at this time, write to your local Member of Parliament to ask for tickets. Members have only a small allocation of tickets so requests should be made as far in advance as possible.

The House of Lords visitors' gallery is open when the House is sitting:

  • Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays: from 2.30 pm
  • Thursdays: from 11.00 am (adjourned between 1.30 pm and 3.00 pm)
  • Fridays (occasionally): from 11.00 am

The House normally finishes business about 10.00 pm from Monday to Wednesday and at 7.30 pm on Thursday.

The minutes, speeches and parliamentary questions are transcribed in Hansard, the Official Report, and are also published daily on the Parliament website.


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