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Volume 463: debated on Monday 23 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will review the Boundary Commission’s mechanisms for co-ordinating its work on parliamentary constituencies and local government boundaries. (151690)

Reviews of parliamentary constituency and local government boundaries in England are currently conducted by separate bodies: respectively the Boundary Commission for England, and the Boundary Committee for England (part of the Electoral Commission).

The Eleventh Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life has recommended that the Boundary Committee for England be removed from the Electoral Commission and re-established as a separate organisation. It has also recommended that a single secretariat be established to support jointly both organisations, in large part to improve the co-ordination of their work.

The Government will be responding to the CSPL recommendations shortly.