Meetings of Parliament

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Parliament in session.

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Details of when Parliament meets

The House of Representatives follows an agreed programme of days when MPs all meet in Parliament’s Debating Chamber.  The normal sitting days and hours are:

  Day of the week 

  First session times 

  Dinner break times 

  Second session times 

  Tuesday   2pm to 6pm   6pm to 7:30pm   7.30pm to 10pm
  Wednesday   2pm to 6pm   6pm to 7:30pm   7.30pm to 10pm
  Thursdays   2pm to 6pm   none   none

Get your copy of the 2016 Sitting Programme [PDF, 100KB].

You can also get the Sitting Programme (and other events) placed in your personal calendar by viewing the Parliament calendar, filtering for House Business events and using the export calendar function.

Meeting under urgency

Meeting times can change when Parliament meets under urgency or extended sitting hours. These can’t be anticipated, so they’re not shown in future calendar entries.  Calendar information about Parliament meeting under urgency is updated at the time, on the day.

Find out more about what urgency means for Parliament.


See what Parliament is discussing today

For more information about the meeting, please visit our Parliamentary Business pages.

You can watch Parliament TV live or later on-demand.

Visit Parliament as part of a guided tour when it’s meeting.

What you need to know about accessing the Debating Chamber (public gallery).