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Parliamentary Boundaries

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the timetable is for the introduction of the Order to introduce the English Parliamentary boundary changes; and if she will make a statement. (95837)

The Boundary Commission for England have announced their intention to submit the final report on their Fifth General Review of Parliamentary Constituencies in England to the Secretary of State by 31 October 2006.

We have no fixed timetable for when the subsequent draft Order to implement the new constituency boundaries will be laid before Parliament. Following receipt of the Commission’s report, we will wish to allow a reasonable period for consideration of the report, and in particular any representations that may be made to the Secretary of State in respect of specific recommendations it makes. The length of time that this will take will depend on the number and complexity of the representations that may be received. However, I would hope to be in a position to lay the draft Order early in 2007.