The Houses of Parliament


Recommended Internet Sites

Official Web Site of The Parliament

Explore Parliament - excellent resource!

All visitors, both UK citizens and overseas visitors can visit the Strangers galleries in both houses to see Parliament at work. Entry is at St. Stephenís Gate, where you can join a queue for the public galleries, known as Strangers Galleries. Debates in the commons take place on Mon. Tues. and Thurs. from 2-30 pm; Wed. & Fri. from 9-30 am. 

The neo-Gothic building includes the House of Commons and the House of Lords, not to mention the infamous Big Ben.
Edward the Confessor had the original palace built in the eleventh century.
Parliamentary government in the United Kingdom is based on a two-chamber system. The House of Lords (the upper House-not elected) and the House of Commons (the lower house-elected at least every 5 years) sit separately and are constituted on entirely different principles. The legislative process involves both Houses - the Commons and the Lords.
The busiest a to visit the House is during Question Time. To attend Question Time you must book a ticket through your MP or your embassy. Question Time is on Mon.- Thurs. From 2-30pm - 3-30pm. Prime Ministerís Question Time is on Wed. from 3pm - 3-30pm.   The House of Lords sit on Mon. - Wed. From 2-30; On Thurs. From 3pm; If a sitting takes place on Friday it commences at 11am. Both houses close at Christmas, Easter and from August to mid October.


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