Public allowed to visit Parliament again


Restrictions on the public to visit Parliament will be eased after nearly two years, Serjeant-at-Arms Narendra Fernando said. The Committee on Parliamentary Business which met yesterday (14) decided to approve the proposal made by the Serjeant-at-Arms to relax the restrictions currently enforced in connection with the entry to the Parliamentary Complex and to the Galleries.

Therefore, as a preliminary step, it was agreed to allow parties that request to visit Parliament, including schoolchildren on days when there are no Parliamentary sittings. With effect from 20 September, schoolchildren will be allowed to visit the Parliamentary Complex on Non-Sitting days from 9.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. except on public holidays.

School Authorities could submit applications to the Serjeant-at-Arms by sending a letter, a Fax (0112777473/ 0112777335) or applying online on Student groups of Universities, Higher Education Institutes registered under the Government and Foreign Tourists too could avail this facility, the Serjeant-at-Arms said.