Sit in on a committee meeting and watch it taking place
Committee meetings usually take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the morning, when parliament is sitting.
These are smaller meetings of around 5 to 15 MSPs. They are usually open to the public but can sometimes be taken in private.
Find out what committees are meeting
If the committee is meeting in public, you can request a ticket. You can come and go at any time during the meeting. You can book a maximum of 5 tickets up to 1 week in advance.
Plan your visit
For opening times, parking information and more, go to our plan your visit page.
Don't forget to stop at our shop and café during your visit!
- Hearing loops are installed in the committee rooms. This connects to hearing aids which have a 'T-Switch'
- Wheelchairs are available and committee rooms are accessible for wheelchair users, with spaces reserved for wheelchair users in the public seating area in each committee room
- If you need a British Sign Language interpreter or other support, please contact us with as much notice as possible
If you are visiting the Parliament, there is a code of behaviour that you need to follow.
For all visits, please:
- remember that this is a working Parliamentary building
- obey all instructions from Parliamentary officials
- keep all bags with you or place them in the baggage store or public lockers
- do not smoke in the building
- do not eat or drink, except in the restaurants
- return your “Visitor” lanyard and pass, when leaving
- collect any items retained by Security as you go out
- note that the display of banners, flags or political slogans, including on clothing and accessories, is forbidden
For visits to see parliamentary business, please:
- enter, sit in and leave the galleries quietly
- switch any mobile devices to silent
- do not cause a distraction or disrupt parliamentary business – for example, telephone calls must not be taken or made
- do not applaud or shout out during meetings
- do not take photos, videos or make any form of recording during parliamentary business
- obtain prior permission to paint, sketch or draw
- remain seated throughout the whole 45-minute session, if your ticket is for First Minister’s Question Time
- only use social media discreetly and in complete silence
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Days and times
Tuesday to Thursday
Other parliamentary business
Join us on a Thursday in the Debating Chamber for First Minister's Questions.
Tuesday to Thursday
Debates happen in the Chamber from Tuesday to Thursday and are open to the public to attend.