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Electoral Register

Volume 129: debated on Thursday 10 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what he expects the percentage change to be of the number of people on the electoral register in Scotland for each of the next five years.

Forecasts of the numbers on the electoral register are not prepared on a

Number of electors
Constituency1987 Electoral Register1988 Electoral RegisterNumerical changePercentage change
Aberdeen North63,75162,075-1,676-2·63
Aberdeen South63,29360,323-2,970-4·69
Angus East61,59761,643+46+ 0·07
Argyll and Bute49,27248,912-360-0·73
Banff and Buchan62,86763,054+187+0·30
Caithness and Sutherland31,51930,978-541-1·72
Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley57,19656,708-488-0·85
Central Fife56,66656,440-226-0·40
Clydebank and Milngavie50,82450,128-696-1·37

regular basis. An approximation can be obtained using projected population changes for those aged 17 arid over, which are as follows:

per cent.


To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will state (a) the number of people on the current electoral register and (b) the number of people on the electoral register at the last general election.

The Scottish register published last month contained 3,967,377 names, as compared with 3,994,893 in February 1987. Records of additions to the register between February 1987 and the general election were not kept centrally.

To ask the Secretary of State For Scotland if he will publish a table indicating the percentage change in the number of people on the electoral register in Scotland between (a) October 1974 and May 1979, (b) May 1979 and June 1983, (c) June 1983 and June 1987 and (d) June 1987 and February 1988; and if he will make a statement.

The percentages in the table are based on the number of electors on the registers published in February of each year referred to. Since 1981 it has been possible for names to be added to the register each month but records of such additions have not been kept centrally.

Change in number of names on electoral registerPercentage
(a) 1974–79 +3·57
(b) 1979–83 +2·53
(c) 1983–87 +1·54
(d) 1987–88-0·69

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish a table showing for each Scottish constituency the numerical and percentage change of the number of people on the electoral register between June 1987 and February 1988.

Records were not kept centrally of additions to the 1987 register following its publication in February of that year. The following table compares the registers published in February 1987 and February 1988.

Number of electors


1987 Electoral Register

1988 Electoral Register

Numerical change

Percentage change

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth46,14046,392+252+0·55
Cunninghame North55,54455,566+22+0·04
Cunninghame South50,53850,414-124-0·25
Dundee East61,35161,221-130-0·21
Dundee West62,45361,445-1,008-1·61
Dunfermline East51,68851,008-680-1·32
Dunfermline West51,58151,384-197-0·38
East Kilbride63,99863,956-42-0·07
East Lothian65,60365,542-61-0·09
Eastwood62,71362,839+ 126+ 0·20
Edinburgh Central59,75758,975-782-1·31
Edinburgh East49,23648,745-491-1·00
Edinburgh Leith60,68760,031-656-1·08
Edinburgh Pentlands58,64958,884+235+0·40
Edinburgh South64,22564,026-199-0·31
Edinburgh West62,73062,652-78-0·12
Falkirk East53,04052,737-303-0·57
Falkirk West50,70650,606-100-0·20
Galloway and Upper Nithsdale53,99453,621-373-0·69
Glasgow Cathcart49,83248,767-1,065-2·14
Glasgow Central51,56250,867-695-1·35
Glasgow Garscadden48,48646,916-1,570-3·24
Glasgow Govan51,15150,190-961-1·88
Glasgow Hillhead58,24657,704-542-0·93
Glasgow Maryhill52,94852,039-909-1·72
Glasgow Pollok52,02150,829-1,192-2·29
Glasgow Provan44,39442,908-1,486-3·35
Glasgow Rutherglen58,07556,929-1,146-1·97
Glasgow Shettleston54,22453,883-341-0·63
Glasgow Springburn52,16450,489-1,675-3·21
Greenock and Port Glasgow58,49057,339-1,151-1·97
Inverness, Nairn and Lochaber67,33666,695-641-0·95
Kilmarnock and Loudoun63,44163,325-116-0·18
Kincardine and Deeside64,21964,398+179+0·28
Midlothian61,13061,139+ 9+0·01
Monklands East50,40650,271- 135-0·27
Monklands West51,61351,300- 313-0·61
Moray62,91763,206+ 289+ 0·46
Motherwell North58,53958,331- 208-0·36
Motherwell South52,84252,599- 243-0·46
North East Fife52,77052,442- 328-0·62
North Tayside54,46454,582+ 118+0·22
Orkney and Shetland31,33231,180-152-0·49
Paisley North50,02048,973-1,047-2·09
Paisley South51,83450,403-1,431-2·76
Perth and Kinross63,96563,957- 8-0·01
Renfrew West and Inverclyde56,95857,025+ 67+ 0·12
Ross, Cromarty and Skye52,80852,278- 530-1·00
Roxburgh and Berwickshire43,64643,631- 15-0·03
Stirling58,44158,715+ 274+0·47
Strathkelvin and Bearsden63,57963,296- 283-0·45
Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale38,28338,438+ 155+ 0·40
Western Isles23,68523,085- 600-2·53