What is Ask the Speaker?

Ask the Speaker is a live Q&A session where pupils aged 7 to 18 can put their questions to Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Speaker of the House of Commons and MP for Chorley.

The Speaker of the House of Commons chairs debates in the Commons chamber. The holder of this office is an MP who has been elected to be Speaker by other Members of Parliament. During debates they keep order and call MPs to speak.

The session is a unique and exciting opportunity for your students to learn more about the role and function of the UK Parliament.

How do the sessions work?

You will connect with Mr Speaker via Microsoft Teams, which can be accessed via a browser. If your school is selected for an Ask the Speaker session, you will be sent a joining link and complete a test call with our team the week before your session.

You will need a laptop or tablet connected to a large screen with speakers (such as an interactive whiteboard or large projector screen). It is important that pupils can hear the session as they will be asking questions throughout. Students isolating at home can also join the session.

Who can take part?

Ask the Speaker is open to all school students aged 7 to 18. The session is not yet available to Home Education groups.

What’s in it for my school?

Taking part in an Ask the Speaker session will help you reach your curriculum aims. Your students will build an understanding of the essential role of the House of Commons and UK Parliament as a whole. When your session is confirmed we will send you resources, to fit the time you have, to help your group prepare.

Please read the information below before applying for an Ask the Speaker session:

If you have any further questions, please contact askthespeaker@parliament.uk

Apply for an Ask the Speaker session

Please note that schools will be selected for an Ask the Speaker session based on demographic factors and previous engagement with UK Parliament.

Please also note that there are a limited number of Ask the Speaker sessions available, and all sessions are subject to parliamentary business. We will contact you as soon as possible if your session needs to be cancelled or rearranged. It is also possible that a Deputy House of Commons Speaker will step in to deliver a session if Mr Speaker is no longer available.

Apply for an Ask the Speaker session