Watch committees

UK residents and overseas visitors may watch committees when they are in session. This is free of charge.

The House of Commons select committees examine the work of government departments. Some select committees have a role which covers more than one department, such as the Public Accounts or Environmental Audit committees.

The House of Lords also has select committees which members of the public can observe.

When

Select committee meetings usually take place in Parliament on Monday afternoons, all day on Tuesday and Wednesday, and on Thursday morning. 

Times and availability

All select committees take evidence in public, with very few exceptions. Typically committees meet privately for a short period before starting to take evidence. Visitors can observe once the committee begins to hear evidence. Please check the Parliamentary Calendar to see when committees are scheduled to meet.

Entry is on a first come, first served basis and places are limited. Committee meetings are also webcast on Parliament TV.

Arriving at Westminster

If the committee is meeting in the Palace of Westminster, visitors should use the Cromwell Green Entrance.  For committee meetings in Portcullis House, visitors should enter by the main entrance on the Victoria Embankment.

Related information

What do Select Committees do?

Much of the work of the House of Commons and the House of Lords takes place in committees, which examine issues in detail, from government policy to proposed new laws.

Commons committee calendar

Advance information about all public committee meetings, publication dates of reports and debates.