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Chamber business

All meetings in the Debating Chamber are open to the public.

About Chamber business

Chamber business usually takes place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the afternoon, when parliament is sitting. It includes debates, questions or statements.

Find out which topic is being debated on the day of your visit

You can request a ticket for any time slot, just choose whichever time suits you best.

You can come and go at any time during the time slot. You can request a maximum of 5 tickets up to 1 week in advance.

Booking ahead is not essential for debates in the Chamber – you can just arrive on the day, and get one from our front desk. The only exception to that is FMQs.

More information

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 Debating Chamber. This connects to hearing aids which have a 'T-Switch'
  • If you need a British Sign Language interpreter or other support, please contact us with as much notice as possible
  • Wheelchairs are available and the public gallery of the Debating Chamber has wheelchair spaces

More about accessibility

Visitor guidelines

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


Edinburgh, EH99 1SP

Days and times

Tuesday and Wednesday:

2pm to 4pm
4pm to 6pm


12.45pm to 1.30pm
2pm to 4pm
4pm to 6pm



Other parliamentary business


(Find out more)

You can also book tickets to join us for FMQs on a Thursday.

Tuesday to Thursday

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The public can also view committee meetings taking place in the Scottish Parliament.