FAQs

Getting to Parliament

1. Is parking available for visitors to Parliament House?

Visitors can park at the public underground carpark along Parliament Place. Visitors who require further assistance on carpark opening hours, charges and related information may wish to contact CBM Parking Pte Ltd at 6513 0808 (Ext: 517 / 525).

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2. Where is Parliament House located?

We are located at 1 Parliament House, Singapore 178880. Visitors enter via the Public Entrance which is located along Parliament Place (please see map). Parliament House is located next to the Supreme Court and within walking distance to the Treasury Building.

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3. How do I get to Parliament House?

The nearest MRT station to Parliament House is City Hall. Bus commuters from the eastern part of the city and Orchard Road should alight at the Supreme Court bus-stop along North Bridge Road while those from the western part of the city should alight in front of the Ministry for Communications and Information (MCI) Building at Hill Street. Visitors to Parliament House enter via Public Entrance which is located along Parliament Place.

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4. What are the operating hours of the Parliament Secretariat?

The Parliament Secretariat operates from 8.30 am to 6.00 pm from Mondays to Fridays.

5. How can I contact the Parliament Secretariat?

You may contact Parliament Secretariat via email at parl@parl.gov.sg or by calling 6332 6666.

Visiting Parliament House

1. Are Parliament proceedings open to the public?

Yes, Parliament proceedings are open to the public.

2. How do I know if Parliament is sitting?

Notices of Parliament sittings are publicised in the media. The notice can also be found in the Parliament website at www.parliament.gov.sg under the "Announcement" section.

3. Do I need to inform anyone or book a seat before coming to Parliament?

Parliament does not accept booking or reservation of seats. The Serjeant-at-Arms issues Admission Orders to members of the public who apply in person at the Public Lobby. Admission is granted as long as there are seats available in the galleries.

4. What is the acceptable dress code while visiting a Parliament proceeding?

Visitors are required to dress modestly. Parliament House reserves the right to refuse entry to all visitors who are inappropriately attired such as singlet, shorts, slippers/sandals or attired in clothing bearing inappropriate words, slogans or symbols, including bearing political party affiliation.

5. How long is a Parliament sitting?

Parliament sittings usually start at 1.30 pm, except during the annual Budget and Committee of Supply (COS) debate sessions. Sittings end when all the items of business on the Order Paper have been discussed or when Parliament decides to adjourn.

Parliament House Tours

1. I am interested in knowing more about Parliament House. Are there any tours available?

The Education and Publicity Department (EPD) organises educational tours catering to a broad range of groups from students to NGOs and grassroots organisations. Availability of tours depends on a prearranged tour schedule and the availability of parliamentary guides (guide fees are chargeable). For more information on tours in Parliament House, please visit My Parliament Journey.

2. Are Parliament House tours open to individual visitors and visitors in small groups?

At present, tours are only open to groups with a minimum group size of 25 persons. Individual visitors and visitors in small groups are encouraged to visit the Parliament Visitor Centre (please check under "Parliament Visitor Centre" in the FAQ list).

Visiting Parliament on a Sitting Day

1. Are Parliament proceedings open to the public?

Yes, Parliament proceedings are open to the public.

2. Do I need to inform anyone or book a seat before coming to Parliament?

Parliament does not accept booking or reservation of seats. The Serjeant-at-Arms issues Admission Orders to members of the public who apply in person at the Public Lobby. Admission is granted as long as there are seats available in the galleries.

3. Are foreigners allowed to observe the proceedings?

Yes, foreigners are allowed to observe Parliament proceedings. The requirements for admission are the same as for Singapore citizens.

4. What documents do I need to bring along to apply for an Admission Order?

You are required to bring along your identity card or passport to exchange for an Admission Order at the Public Lobby.

5. What is the acceptable dress code while visiting a Parliament proceeding?

Visitors are required to dress modestly. Parliament House reserves the right to refuse entry to all visitors who are inappropriately attired such as singlet, shorts, slippers/sandals or attired in clothing bearing inappropriate words, slogans or symbols, including bearing political party affiliation.

6. How do I know if Parliament is sitting?

Notices of Parliament sittings are publicised in the media. The notice can also be found in the Parliament website at www.parliament.gov.sg under the "Announcement" section.

7. How long is a Parliament sitting?

Parliament sittings usually start at 1.30 pm, except during the annual Budget and Committee of Supply (COS) debate sessions. Sittings end when all the items of business on the Order Paper have been discussed or when Parliament decides to adjourn.

8. Must I arrive before the sitting starts and remain for the entire duration of the sitting?

Visitors do not need to come before a sitting starts or remain for its entire duration. They can arrive and leave at any time between the start of the sitting and its end.

9. Are there breaks in the course of a sitting?

There is usually a break of 15 to 20 minutes during a sitting.

10. What are the rules I must observe during a sitting?

Visitors are required to bow to the Chair upon entering and exiting the Public Gallery. They must also remain silent and not gesticulate, read books or papers, sketch or draw while in the Public Gallery. They should also abstain from creating any disturbance or interruption during parliamentary proceedings.

11. Can visitors take part in debates?

Visitors are not allowed to take part in debates. They shall observe the proceedings in silence.

12. Are children allowed to observe Parliament sittings?

Children of the age of six and above are allowed to observe Parliament sittings, provided they are accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adults are required to ensure that the children are well-behaved at all times while in the Parliament House.

13. Where can I find the agenda for a sitting?

The agenda for each sitting is found in the Order Paper. The Order Paper is available in the Parliament website from the eve of a sitting. It can be accessed by clicking on the "Order Papers" link under the "Parliamentary Business" section of the homepage.

14. Where can I find the Official Report of the proceedings?

The Official Report is made available 10 days after a sitting on the Parliament website at www.parliament.gov.sg. It can be accessed by clicking on the "Singapore Parliament Reports" link found on the homepage.

Parliament Visitor Centre

1. What can visitors look forward to at ParlConnect, the Parliament Visitor Centre?

ParlConnect, the Parliament Visitor Centre, offers an in-depth look at the history, people and procedures of the Singapore Parliament for walk-in visitors through the use of interactive multi-media displays and historical photographs and exhibits.

2. Where is the main entrance to ParlConnect, the Parliament Visitor Centre?

Visitors can access the Parliament Visitor Centre by using the Public Entrance along Parliament Place.

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3. What are the opening hours of ParlConnect, the Parliament Visitor Centre?

ParlConnect operates from 9 am to 5 pm on weekdays. Please note that the ParlConnect is closed on weekends and public holidays.

4. Do I need to make a reservation to visit ParlConnect?

No reservation is needed. Visitors are welcome to walk in to ParlConnect during its opening hours.

5. Will I be able to purchase Parliament souvenirs at ParlConnect?

The Parliament of Singapore produces a wide range of souvenirs and publications which are suitable as gifts for all age groups. Visitors may approach our friendly staff at ParlConnect for more details.

The Parliament Website

1. What is the website URL for the Parliament of Singapore website?

The Singapore Parliament website can be found at www.parliament.gov.sg.

2. How can I access the Order Paper, Standing Orders, Votes & Proceedings and Bills Introduced?

You can access the latest Order Paper, Standing Orders, Votes & Proceedings and Bills introduced in Parliament by clicking on the appropriate topics under "Parliamentary Business" in the homepage.

3. How often are the Order Paper and Bills Introduced links updated?

The Order Paper for a sitting is usually available the day before the sitting. Bills introduced are updated on the same day of the sitting at which they were introduced.

4. Where can I find more in-depth information on the work of Parliament?

Visitors to the website may find more detailed information on the functions and work of Parliament by clicking on the appropriate topics under "Educational Resources" in the homepage.

5. Where can I find more information on the design of Parliament House?

You can find out more about Parliament House by clicking on the appropriate topics under "Facilities" which can be found in the "About Us" link on the top of the homepage.

Members of Parliament

1. Who is the current Speaker of Parliament?

The current Speaker of Parliament is Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, who is also Member of Parliament for the Marine Parade GRC. He is assisted by Deputy Speakers, Mr Christopher de Souza and Ms Jessica Tan Soon Neo.