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Constituency Boundaries

Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions she has held with the Boundary Commission for Scotland regarding the review of Scottish constituency boundaries; if she will make a statement on progress of the review; and when she expects the recommendations of the review to be implemented. [113484]

The Commission is wholly independent and I have had no discussions on its review of the Scottish constituencies.The Commission must report to me by December 2006, and it is entirely a matter for the Commission when, within that timescale, it does so.