ACCESS TO PARLIAMENT

The Foreign Press Association has long been responsible for facilitating access for foreign journalists to the Press Gallery at the House of Commons. For those requiring Parliamentary access – for example, to watch Prime Minister’s Questions or a specific debate – the following procedure should be observed:

Requests for tickets on specific dates should be e-mailed as soon as possible to the Director of the FPA dbonetti@fpalondon.org  and copied to Jerry Lewis, a long-time member of the FPA and Westminster based correspondent at jerrylewisemail@gmail.com. In exceptional circumstances a ticket may be arranged on the day concerned but please note that this cannot be guaranteed.

IMPORTANT:

When requesting tickets for a specific date please give your

  • Name

  • Organisation

  • FPA Card Number

  • Position

  • Address and phone numbers (including your mobile number) and email address.

 

As required by the House of Commons security regulations, visitors to Parliament must be accompanied by a pass holder and therefore you will not be able to reach the Commons Press Gallery unaccompanied.

 

If a ticket is organised for you, you will be met and escorted to a seat in the Reporters Gallery either by Deborah Bonetti or Jerry Lewis.

Please note: jeans are not allowed and gentlemen need a jacket and tie to be able to go into the Reporters Gallery.

Separate arrangements are applicable for access to the House of Lords.

A limited number of permanent passes are available for those based in the UK on a long-term basis and who need to make regular use of access to Parliament. Such passes are designed for those journalists required by their outlet to cover the UK Parliament and political scene on a regular basis. Passes are issued by the Parliamentary authorities and not by the Parliamentary Press Gallery.

Details of how to apply and the procedures involved can be obtained from the FPA.

 

  • Should you have any queries concerning access to Parliament please contact Deborah Bonetti, Director of the FPA, dbonetti@fpalondon.org.

  • For questions about Parliament itself please contact the Parliamentary Information Helpline, tel. 020-7219-4272, email hcinfo@parliament.uk.

  • To arrange interviews with Members of Parliament please contact them direct via the Parliamentary switchboard, 020-7219-3000.

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