Visitors can attend Parliament debates by taking a seat in the public gallery of the Debating Chamber. Visitors require a ticket for a seat and these are free of charge.
Please check the recess dates before arranging your visit. Parliament is not in session during the recess dates.
Recess Dates as agreed by the Parliament are as follows:
- 7 February – 15 February 2015
- 4 April – 19 April 2015
- 27 June – 30 August 2015
- 10 October – 25 October 2015
- 19 December 2015 – 4 January 2016
(All dates are inclusive)
Days when the Office of the
Clerk is open
When the Office of the Clerk is open,
these days are defined as ‘counting days’ for example, in determining
timeframes for answers to be given to written parliamentary questions, the
minimum time between stages of Bills, the lodging of amendments to Bills and in
relation to the management of Members’ and Committee Bills. Motions, amendments and questions may be lodged and
Bills introduced on days when the Office of the Clerk is open.
Dates when the Office of
the Clerk is closed, as agreed by the Parliament, are as follows:
Between 5 January 2015 and 5 January
2016, the Office of the Clerk will be open on all days except—
Saturdays and Sundays, 3 and 6 April
2015, 4 May 2015, 22 May and 25 May 2015, 27 November 2015, 24 December (pm),
25 and 28 December 2015, 1 and 4 January 2016.
When Parliament is in session it normally sits on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It is possible to turn up and enquire if tickets are available, but to avoid disappointment it is advisable to request tickets in advance of a visit.