Anyone interested in the Dutch Parliament can attend the public meetings of the House of Representatives. Plenary sittings of the House are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Committee meetings are scheduled on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. You cannot make an appointment in advance. Question time, the general political and financial debates and thirty members debates generally attract a lot of people.
You should also note the following:
- There is a limited number of seats in the public gallery. If the public gallery is packed to capacity, you cannot be sure when a place becomes available.
- Please be prepared for long waiting times. The scanning procedure at the entrance may cause long waiting lines.
- The scanning procedure starts half an hour before the beginning of a meeting.
- Priority is given to groups who participate in the House of Representatives' information programme and to government department officials who support the ministers and state secretaries.
Attending a plenary sitting is subject to certain rules. For instance, taking photographs from the public gallery is prohibited and people are not allowed to react in word and gesture to what politicians say in the Plenary Hall. You have to observe the house rules. All those present on the premises of the House of Representatives must follow the directions of the Security Department in any case.