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Electoral Register

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were registered to vote in each Parliamentary constituency in (a) 1997 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available, listed in descending order according to the difference between the two figures. (306765)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Letter from Jil Matheson, dated December 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your question asking how many people were registered to vote in each Parliamentary constituency in (a) 1997 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available, listed in descending order according to the greater difference between the two figures. (306765)

Table 1 shows the number of people registered to vote in Parliamentary constituencies in the UK and the differences between (a) 1997 and (b) 2008, which is the latest year for which figures are available.

Boundary changes affecting some Parliamentary constituencies in Scotland came into effect in 2004. For these constituencies some of the difference in the number of people who were registered to vote between 1997 and 2008 may be a result of the boundary changes. Table 2 shows the number of people registered to vote in Parliamentary constituencies in Scotland, where comparisons between the two years are not possible due to this reason.

A copy of the tables has been placed in the Library of the House.