Select committee experience
Please note that this visit is available to UK schools only.
The experience begins with a specially tailored tour of the Palace of Westminster. It focuses on the evolution, structure and function of the select committee system and includes a visit to a select committee room.
Because the Palace is the home of our working Parliament we cannot always show you everything; your visit might include:
- The House of Commons or House of Lords chambers
- Westminster Hall, the last remaining part of the original Palace
- Central Lobby, at the very heart of the Parliamentary Estate
Building on the context set by the tour, students will explore their opinions about select committees using primary sources to prepare their arguments for a debate on the motion:
‘Select committees are an effective and efficient way of scrutinising the government’.
This session assumes some knowledge about the structure and function of Parliament and students should be prepared to interact with groups of young people from other organisations.
Suggested topical reading - A recent article assessing the impact of parliamentary select committees in the House of Commons.
Open to: A level Government and Politics students
Places per session: 60 (to include students and teachers)
Dates: Fridays, Jan - Mar 2015 (excluding 13 and 20 Feb 2015) Three Fridays during summer term : 19 June, 26 June, 3 July 2015
Duration: 2 hours
Start times: Jan - Mar 09:30, 12:00, 14:30 ; Jun - Jul 12:00, 14:30
How to book
Please complete and submit the online application form:
Closing deadline for applications Friday 13 February 2015. We will notify successful and unsuccessful applicants by the week beginning 23 February 2015.
Limited availability is available still for January - March 2015 visits. Call 020 7219 4496 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss bookings.
Information to help you plan a safe visit
Map of the Parliamentary estate
Select committee experience FAQs