Tour of the Palace of Westminster and question time thereafter
17th December 2018
Hosted by Gillian Keegan, M.P. for Chichester
For those with confirmed reservations, our visit to the Houses of Parliament will start at Chichester Bus Station (railway station side) at 08.30 on Monday 17th December where our dedicated coach will pick us up for the journey to London. The coach has toilet facilities on board so we are not planning any comfort stops, and we anticipate the journey will take about 2.5 hours.
We have two dedicated tour guides for our group – approximately 20/23 per group who will give us a guided tour of both Houses of Parliament lasting approximately 75 minutes and, depending on time, we may be shown some of the “ below stairs” areas in this historic building –What is certain is that your tour will include both chambers, The Commons and the “other place”! and the opportunity to stand behind the front bench of both! And imagine you are the PM or Leader of the Opposition!
One word of warning : you will have noticed we are entering a very historic period of time for our democracy in the next week or so, and there are crucial votes being taken around our visit time. I have been warned that the visit could be postponed at short notice! I will be advised ahead of time but we will be offered an alternative were this to be the case. At the time of writing, the coach is booked, the tour is booked, as is the question time! and we are going!
Assuming all is as arranged, after our tour, Gillian Keegan MP, has invited us to a “Question Time” event for approximately 40 minutes in a Commons Committee Room. I have previously asked for advance warning of areas you would like to cover in fairness to our MP, but surprisingly have received no advance questions. I have therefore suggested that she should prepare for a barrage of questions on current affairs rather than on local issues – tell me if you have anything you want to ask – it will make for a more organized and productive session.
I expect that we will leave Westminster at about 14.30, arrive back in Chichester , depending on traffic, between 17.30 and 18.00, and alight at the “Avenue de Chartres” lay by adjacent to the multi-storey car park.
From a previous visit to the Palace of Westminster, my experience and advice would be to take with you a picnic snack to eat on the coach. There are catering facilities in the Palace, but our timings, with an early start and a midday tour session, suggest to me that a snack en-route might be worthwhile!
Finally, the question of security! Please imagine that you are going through an airport prior to a flight, or on board! – leave your mobiles/cameras on the coach, no spray cans please and nothing sharp or potentially dangerous to you or anybody else.
Despite all that, it’s a great day out – please enjoy. For further information, please contact Andrew Walker, our chair.