906. Power to exclude the public.

Members of the public were originally excluded from both Houses of Parliament by custom and relevant standing orders. However, in modern times they can attend almost all parliamentary proceedings, except deliberative or non-evidence-taking meetings of select committee, but they cannot sit in the places allocated to members1.

When the House of Lords is sitting, no person is allowed on the floor of the House except lords of Parliament and such other persons as assist or attend the House2. The admission of members of the public to the chamber is subject to any orders which the House may make for that