Dear House of Commons,

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to know how many visitors there have been to the UK Parliament annually for the past 10 years.

Within this, I wish to know how many visitors there have been to the UK Parliament through visits/tours arranged by the Parliamentary Education Service.

Yours faithfully,

Daniel Green

James Bradshaw left an annotation ()

This information is published in the House of Commons Commission Annual Report:

"121,728 visitors to the Chamber galleries

96,594 visitors to the Summer Opening


40,179 young people came on education visits"

It doesn't include the number of visitors who go to look round the building on a sitting day, but I don't think they keep a record of that. MPs and their staff are free to just take people round, constituency groups and what have you.

The full report is available here:

FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

Dear Mr Green,

Thank you for your request for information dated 22 October 2010, received by us on the same date.

We will endeavour to respond to your request promptly but in any case within 20 working days i.e. on or before 19 November 2010.

If you have any queries about your request, please use the request number quoted at the top of this letter.

Katarina Ndrepepaj
Freedom of Information Co-ordinator

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FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

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Dear Mr Green

Thank you for your request for information which is copied below. The
information you require is as follows.

All visits to Parliament

Data is available from 2006 onwards on the total number of visitors
recorded as entering Parliament. No earlier records are held. The figures
are calculated using the security team’s search lane statistics, on the
basis that any non-passholder accessing the Palace is a visitor. This data
is set out in the table below.

Tour Visits

The table below sets out the number of visitors to the UK Parliament since
2000 who have taken part in organised tours as part of their visit. There
are two methods for arranging this and each is shown in the table: by
arranging a tour through your Member of Parliament or by visiting during
the Summer or Saturday Opening (see:

Visits arranged through the Education Service

The number of visits to Parliament arranged through the Education Service
is detailed in the table below. Data goes back as far as 2002-03, no
earlier records are held. It is forecast that there will be 36,600
visitors in 2010-11.

You may, if dissatisfied with the treatment of your request, ask the House
of Commons to conduct an internal review of this decision. Requests for
internal review should be addressed to: Freedom of Information Officer,
Department of Resources, House of Commons London SW1 OAA or
[House of Commons request email]. Please ensure that you specify the nature of
your complaint and any arguments or points that you wish to make.

If you remain dissatisfied, you may appeal to the Information Commissioner
at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely

Bob Castle

Head of Information Rights and Information Security

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