The statements are projected on the screen. The audience is asked to agree or disagree with the projected statement, after which they have to move to the designated section. Then the discussion leader will ask the participants why they chose for one side. In their answers they must try to convince people on the other side to join them. If people are convinced, they can walk over to the other side. People must actively take part in the discussion, by raising their hand and put forward their argument, but the discussion leader will also seek out people who haven’t contributed to the debate yet. The discussion leader decides when the discussion on a certain topic is finished and summarizes the outcome or asks an expert on the topic to do this.
Because everybody has to choose sides with every new statement, the House of Commons debate is always lively and dynamic. Of course it is important that the statements are well chosen. If you can predict that most people will agree or disagree with a certain statement, you shouldn’t use it. Always try to choose controversial statements, which are most likely to raise arguments from both sides.
An element that can be added to the debate is that at the end a (symbolic) prize is awarded to the best debater. In order to do this, there must be a jury (2 people) that listens for the most convincing arguments. This part, if you choose to use it, shouldn’t be taken too seriously, but is a good way to finalise the debate.