Attending a Committee meeting

Published 01/09/2020   |   Last Updated 11/09/2023   |   Reading Time minutes

Members of the public are welcome to sit in the public gallery and observe committee meetings. 

On business days, committee meetings are held on Mondays, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, throughout the day on Thursdays and occasionally on Fridays. Committee meetings are held at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay or at other venues throughout Wales. There are a number of different committees that deal with a range of issues. Detailed information about dates, locations, agendas, papers and minutes can be obtained from the Committees pages.

If you want to attend a committee meeting, you can book 3 weeks in advance. There are normally 30 seats available in the public gallery of each committee room in the Senedd, with wheelchair spaces available too. Although it is advisable to pre-book seats to avoid disappointment, this is not always necessary and there may be seats available on the day - enquire at the information desk in the Senedd. Please note that occasionally Committee meetings will be private.

Due to high demand for seats for some committee meetings, group bookings are limited to 10 in order to maximise public access opportunities. Seats will be held for 15 minutes after the meeting has started, and then released to people on the reserve list. If you are aware that you will be arriving late, please make this clear when you book so that the seats may be held until you arrive.

You can find out what will be discussed in committee meetings in the Committees section of this website. Copies of agendas will also be available at the information desk. For further information and enquires please contact us.

Booking seats

Public seats can be booked up to a week in advance and pre-booking is advisable to guarantee a seat. To book a seat:

Conduct in meetings

All electronic devices such as mobile phones, laptops and pagers must be switched to silent.

You may be excluded from Senedd proceedings if you act in a disorderly or disruptive manner or otherwise interfere with the Senedd's proper conduct of its business.

Visiting members of the public must not:

  • be under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
  • cause offence to other visitors;
  • speak loudly or otherwise disrupt the meeting;
  • bring food or drink into the meeting;
  • use e-cigarettes during the meeting;
  • take photographs during the meeting.