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Constituencies: Size

Volume 414: debated on Tuesday 4 November 1980

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What is now the average size of the electorate in constituencies in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland respectively; andWhich is the constituency in England with the largest number of electors; what this number is; and which constituency in England has the smallest number of electors; and what this number is.

The information requested is contained in the OPCS Monitor Electoral Statistics, reference EL 80/2, issued on 20th May 1980, a copy of which is in the Library of the House. The Monitor contains the provisional 1980 electorate of each constituency together with the number and percentage by which each differs from the electoral quota, that is, the average number of electors in the constituencies in that country. The names and sizes of the largest and smallest constituencies are noted on page 2. Final revised figures for all constituencies will be published by the Office of Population Censuses and Survey in January 1981 in the annual reference volume Electoral Statistics 1980, series EL No. 7.