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Parliamentary Boundaries

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the Boundary Commission takes account of the number of European nationals eligible to vote in local elections but not in general elections when considering English parliamentary boundary changes. (98687)

European nationals not eligible to vote in general elections are not taken account of by the Boundary Commission in their reviews of parliamentary constituency boundaries. This is because the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986 currently requires the Boundary Commission to work only with the

“the number of persons whose names appear on the register of parliamentary electors”.