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About Parliamentary programmes

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Broadcasting 24 hours a day, seven days a week

The BBC offers comprehensive coverage of all the parliaments and assemblies which govern the political life of the United Kingdom.

As well as BBC Parliament broadcasting 24-hours-a-day - with supplementary live coverage on the broadband media player online - you can hear daily highlights of activities in Westminster on Radio 4's Today in Parliament and Yesterday in Parliament.

BBC Parliament is shown on digital terrestrial television (Freeview) channel 81, on digital cable and on satellite at channel 504, as well as on the broadband media player.

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BBC Parliament is now available live on iPlayer. You can watch the House of Commons live whenever it is sitting via the link on our home page.

Today in Parliament (TiP) is broadcast weekdays 2330-0000 on BBC Radio 4, 92-95 FM or 198 LW and digital radio.

Yesterday in Parliament (YiP) is broadcast weekdays 0830-0900 and Saturdays 0845-0900 on Radio 4, 198 LW and digital radio.

UK Parliament

Westminster lies at the heart of the parliamentary programmes' weekday schedule.

Every House of Commons sitting is broadcast live on BBC Parliament. Lords debates are shown in full the next day on the channel.

And TiP and YiP select and present the pick of politicking in both houses.

The BBC is committed to offering increased access to Parliament's work in making public bodies and ministers accountable.

Committees and Westminster Hall

BBC Parliament broadcasts meetings of Select Committees on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 1800, and key inquiries are followed from start to finish.

On Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings, the channel broadcasts debates from the Commons' second chamber, Westminster Hall.

Coverage of debates is uninterrupted: viewers are guided through the debates with continuous, on-screen text, naming the speakers and providing supporting information.

Commons debates are introduced by BBC Parliament reporters who go on to present a daily review programme, The Record.

An hour-long edition on Fridays reviews the main themes from the chambers and committees over the preceding week.

Devolved bodies

Viewers can follow the work of the Scottish Parliament, National Assembly for Wales and Northern Ireland Assembly at weekends on BBC Parliament.

Eight hours on Saturday is devoted to the broadcast of debates from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

In addition, BBC Parliament broadcasts the weekly political programmes from the Nations.

European and other assemblies

BBC Parliament's weekly programme 'The Record: Europe' takes an in-depth look at the work of the European Parliament.

'The Record: Europe' is broadcast at 1630 BST on Sunday and repeated at 1030 BST on Monday.


'Briefings', on Saturday evenings, offers a chance to catch up on the key political actuality of the week, from the UK and abroad.

At weekends we simulcast for three hours with C-Span, reviewing the week in Washington.

In September, BBC Parliament is the place to go for full coverage of the main Party Conferences.

The channel also broadcasts historic debates and election programmes from the archive.

Further information

For information about how to receive BBC Parliament, visit the BBC's digital information site:

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