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Notices of Amendments: 8 October 2010                  

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the National Assembly for Wales under the provisions of the

 

Government of Wales Act 2006 following a positive vote in a

 

referendum;

 

(b)    

No constituency shall have an electorate more than five per cent above

 

or below the electoral quota for that part of the United Kingdom unless

 

the Boundary Commission concerned believes there to be overriding

 

reasons under the terms of these rules why it should;

 

(c)    

No constituency shall have an electorate more than 15 per cent above

 

or below the Electoral Quota for that part of the United Kingdom;

 

(d)    

In England no district or borough ward shall be included in more than

 

one constitency;

 

(e)    

In Northern Ireland no local authority ward shall be included in more

 

than one constituency;

 

(f)    

In Wales no unitary authority ward shall be included in more than one

 

constituency;

 

(g)    

In Scotland regard shall be had to local authority ward boundaries;

 

(h)    

In England the Boundary Commission should where practicable have

 

regard to the boundaries of counties and London Boroughs and in any

 

case no constituency shall include the whole or part of more than two

 

counties or London Boroughs;

 

(i)    

In Wales the Boundary Commission should where practicable have

 

regard to the boundaries of unitary authorities and in any case no

 

constituency shall include the whole or part of more than two unitary

 

authorities;

 

(j)    

A Boundary Commission may have regard to the size, shape and

 

accessibility of a constituency;

 

(k)    

A Boundary Commission shall have regard to any local ties that may

 

be broken or respected by proposals that they may make and any

 

inconveniences attendant upon them.’.

 

 

Andrew George

 

69

 

Clause  9,  page  8,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

A Boundary Commission must ensure that constituencies are wholly within a

 

principal local authority area when the following support such a proposition:

 

(a)    

The principal local authority:

 

(b)    

All sitting Members of Parliament representing constituencies wholly or

 

partially within that area;

 

(c)    

Two thirds of all civil parish and town councils or parish meetings within

 

that area who express an opinion;

 

    

and where the Commission is satisfied from its own soundings amongst the

 

electorate and the business and voluntary sectors that this preference is widely

 

shared.’.

 

Mr Andrew Turner

 

116

 

Clause  9,  page  8,  leave out lines 25 to 30.

 

Jacob Rees-Mogg

 

39

 

Clause  9,  page  8,  line  30,  at end insert ‘The Boundary Commission for England

 

shall take into account counties as listed in Schedule 1 to the 1997 Lieutenancies Act in


 
 

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so far as is possible in accordance with rule 2 above.’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

36

 

Clause  9,  page  8,  line  30,  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

A Boundary Commission must take into account estimates made for each

 

proposed constituency area of unregistered but eligible voters.’.

 

Mr Andrew Turner

 

117

 

Clause  9,  page  8,  line  30,  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

The Boundary Commission for England must, so far as reasonably practicable,

 

use parishes rather than wards or eletoral divisions as the basis for

 

constituencies.’.

 

Mr Mark Field

 

203

 

Clause  9,  page  8,  line  32,  leave out subsection (6).

 

Ms Harriet Harman

 

Mr Jack Straw

 

Mr Peter Hain

 

132

 

Clause  9,  page  8,  leave out lines 32 to 39 and insert—

 

‘Whole numbers of constituencies

 

1C  (1)  

The following shall be allocated whole numbers of constituencies by

 

whichever Boundary Commission is responsible for them—

 

(a)    

Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands council areas;

 

(b)    

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar council area;

 

(c)    

The Isle of Anglesey county area;

 

(d)    

The Isle of Wight county area;

 

(e)    

The County of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly council areas;

 

      (2)  

The number of constituencies to be allocated to each area shall be determined

 

by dividing the electorate of the area(s) concerned by the United Kingdom

 

Electoral Quota and rounding to the nearest whole number. Each area must be

 

allocated at least one whole constituency.’.

 

Hywel Williams

 

Mr Elfyn Llwyd

 

Mr Jonathan Edwards

 

150

 

Clause  9,  page  8,  line  38,  at end insert—

 

‘(c)    

a constituency named Ynys Môn, comprising the area of the Cyngor Sir

 

Ynys Môn Isle of Anglesey County Council.’.


 
 

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Mr Andrew Turner

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Mr Graham Allen

 

Mr Mike Hancock

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Mr Angus Brendan MacNeil

 

43

 

Clause  9,  page  8,  line  39,  at end insert—

 

‘Isle of Wight

 

6A  (3)  

All parts of the Isle of Wight must be included in a constituency which is

 

wholly in the Isle of Wight.

 

      (4)  

Rule 2 does not apply to any such constituency.’.

 

Andrew George

 

71

 

Clause  9,  page  8,  line  39,  at end insert—

 

‘Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

 

6A  (5)  

All parts of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly must be included in a constituency

 

which is wholly in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

 

      (6)  

Rule 2 does not apply in relation to any such constituency.

 

      (7)  

The electorate of any constituency in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly shall be:

 

(a)    

no less than 95% of the Cornwall and Scilly electoral quota; and

 

(b)    

no more than 105% of that quota.

 

      (8)  

The “ Cornwall and Scilly electoral quota” means C/E where C is the electorate

 

of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and E is the number of parliamentary

 

constituencies which the Commission has determined should be allocated to

 

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.’.

 

Susan Elan Jones

 

110

 

Clause  9,  page  8,  line  39,  at end insert—

 

‘Wales

 

6A  (1)  

There shall continue to be 40 constituencies in Wales.

 

      (2)  

Rule 2 does not apply in relation to Wales.

 

      (3)  

The electorate of any constituency in Wales shall be—

 

(a)    

no less than 95 per cent. of the Wales electoral quota,

 

(b)    

no more than 105% of that quota.

 

      (4)  

The “Wales electoral quota” means W/40

 

(a)    

where W is the electorate of Wales.’.

 

Sheryll Murray

 

137

 

Clause  9,  page  8,  line  39,  at end insert—

 

‘Cornwall

 

6B  (1)  

All parts of Cornwall must be included in a constituency which is wholly in

 

Cornwall.


 
 

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      (2)  

Rule 2 does not apply to any such constituencies.’.

 

Mr Jonathan Edwards

 

Hywel Williams

 

Mr Elfyn Llwyd

 

148

 

Clause  9,  page  9,  leave out lines 1 to 40.

 

Mr Graham Allen

 

Sheila Gilmore

 

Simon Hart

 

Tristram Hunt

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Sir Peter Soulsby

 

Mr Andrew Turner

 

238

 

Clause  9,  page  9,  leave out lines 1 to 25.

 

Ms Harriet Harman

 

Mr Jack Straw

 

Mr Peter Hain

 

133

 

Clause  9,  page  9,  leave out lines 26 to 40 and insert—

 

‘Allocation of constituencies

 

1D  (1)  

The Adjusted UK Electoral Quota shall be calculated as follows—

 

            

The total electorate of the United Kingdom less the areas listed in Rule 1C(1),

 

divided by 650 minus the total number of constituencies allocated to the areas

 

listed in Rule 1C(1).

 

      (2)  

Each country shall then be allocated a whole number of constituencies as

 

follows.

 

      (3)  

The first constituency shall be allocated to the part of the United Kingdom with

 

the largest electorate.

 

      (4)  

The second and subsequent constituencies shall be allocated in the same way,

 

except that the electorate of a part of the United Kingdom to which one of more

 

constituencies have already been allocated is to be divided by—

 

                        

 

                          2C+1

 

 

            

where C is the number of constituencies already allocated to that part.

 

      (5)  

An Electoral Quota shall then be calculated for each of the four parts by

 

dividing the electorate of each part by the number of seats allocated as

 

described in Rule 1D (3) and (4).

 

      (6)  

The total number of constituencies to be allocated to any part shall not be more

 

than 10 per cent. above or below the current number of constituencies. If the

 

number of constituencies allocated by the process described in Rule 1D(3) and

 

(4) exceeds that limit then additional or fewer seats shall be allocated as

 

appropriate suffucient to bring the allocation within 10 per cent of the current

 

number of seats in the part concerned.

 

      (7)  

This adjusted number of seats shall be the allocation for that part for the

 

purposes of Rule 1D(5).’.


 
 

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Hywel Williams

 

Mr Elfyn Llwyd

 

Mr Jonathan Edwards

 

151

 

Clause  9,  page  9,  line  38,  after ‘Scotland’, insert ‘and of Wales’.

 

Susan Elan Jones

 

115

 

Clause  9,  page  9,  line  40,  at end insert—

 

‘(4A)    

If the number of constituencies allocated to Wales under 8(3) is fewer than 35, an

 

additional allocation shall be made to Wales to ensure that it has 35

 

constituencies.

 

(4B)    

Where an additional allocation is made under sub-paragraph (4A) above, sub-

 

paragraph (4C) shall apply in place of rule 2.

 

(4C)    

The electorate of any constituency in Wales shall be—

 

(a)    

no less than 95 per cent. of the Wales electoral quota

 

(b)    

no more than 105 per cent of that quota;

 

    

the “Wales electoral quota” meaning W/P, where W is the electorate of Wales and

 

P is the number of constituencies allocated to Wales.’.

 

Martin Vickers

 

228

 

Clause  9,  page  9,  line  40,  at end insert—

 

‘Variation in number of constituencies

 

8A  (8)  

A Boundary Commission shall have power to recommend that the number of

 

constituencies in the relevant part of the United Kingdom should be greater or

 

smaller than the number determined in accordance with the allocation method

 

set out in rule 8.

 

      (9)  

The number so recommended must be no less than 98 per cent. and no more

 

than 102 per cent. of the number so determined.’.

 

Geraint Davies

 

Graham Stringer

 

Graham Jones

 

Ian Lucas

 

125

 

Clause  9,  page  10,  line  2,  leave out from ‘persons’ to end of line 6 and insert ‘who

 

are estimated by the Office of National Statistics to be eligible to vote in United Kingdom

 

parliamentary elections, whether or not they are so registered to vote.’.

 

Nic Dakin

 

Mr Graham Allen

 

229

 

Clause  9,  page  10,  line  2,  leave out from ‘persons’ to first ‘in’ in line 5 and insert

 

‘aged 18 or over who are shown by the most recent census of population to reside’.

 

Jacob Rees-Mogg

 

40

 

Clause  9,  page  10,  line  8,  after ‘counties’, insert ‘as defined by the 1997

 

Lieutenancies Act’.


 
 

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Mr Graham Allen

 

Sheila Gilmore

 

Simon Hart

 

Tristram Hunt

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Sir Peter Soulsby

 

Mr Andrew Turner

 

239

 

Clause  9,  page  10,  line  27,  leave out ‘United Kingdom’.

 


 

Mr Graham Allen

 

Sheila Gilmore

 

Simon Hart

 

Tristram Hunt

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Sir Peter Soulsby

 

Mr Andrew Turner

 

240

 

Clause  10,  page  10,  line  38,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

In relation to a report under section 3(1) of the 1986 Act that a Boundary

 

Commission is required, by subsection (2) of section 3 of that Act as substituted

 

by section 8(3) of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act, to

 

submit before 1 October 2013—

 

(a)    

a Boundary Commission shall make information available via their

 

website, and if they see fit by other means, on their proposed general

 

approach to the application of Schedule 2 to the 1986 Act,

 

(b)    

representations with respect to this proposed general approach may be

 

made to the Commission during a specified period of eight weeks, and

 

(c)    

the Commission shall take into consideration any such representations

 

duly made prior to the provisional determination of any

 

recommendations affecting any constituency.

 

( )    

A Boundary Commission’s “proposed general approach” shall include but need

 

not be limited to—

 

(a)    

the processes by which they intend to seek to ensure the application of

 

rule 2, and in the case of the Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland

 

of rule 7, including the circumstances in which they will consider

 

recommending that wards, electoral areas and divisions should be

 

divided between two or more constituencies, and the information on

 

which they intend to rely in determining how to carry out such a division,

 

and

 

(b)    

the extent to which they intend to take into account each of the factors

 

described in rule 5(1), and in the case of the Boundary Commission for

 

England of rule 5(2).’.


 
 

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Mr Graham Allen

 

Sheila Gilmore

 

Simon Hart

 

Tristram Hunt

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Sir Peter Soulsby

 

Mr Andrew Turner

 

241

 

Clause  10,  page  10,  leave out from line 39 to line 5 on page 11, and insert—

 

‘( )    

Where a Boundary Commission have provisionally determined to make

 

recommendations affecting any constituency—

 

(a)    

they shall take such steps as they see fit to inform people in the

 

constituency of the effect of the proposed recommendations and that a

 

copy of the recommendations is open to inspection at a specified place

 

within the constituency,

 

(b)    

they shall make available via their website, and if they see fit by other

 

means, copies of their proposed recommendations and information on

 

their effect, together with such information as they have on the number

 

of the electorate in every sub-division of every ward, electoral division

 

and electoral area in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, and

 

(c)    

representations with respect to the proposed recommendations may be

 

made to the Commission by people whether in or outside any given

 

constituency during a specified period of 12 weeks, and the Commission

 

shall take into consideration any such representations duly made.’.

 

Ms Harriet Harman

 

Mr Jack Straw

 

Mr Peter Hain

 

134

 

Clause  10,  page  11,  leave out lines 6 to 12 and insert—

 

‘(1A)    

A Boundary Commission may cause a local inquiry to be held for the purposes of

 

a report under this Act where, on publication of a recommendation of a Boudary

 

Commission for the alteration of any constituency, the Commission receive any

 

representation objecting to the proposed recommendation from an interested

 

authority or from a body of electors numbering one hundred or more.

 

(1B)    

Where a local inquiry was held in respect of the constituencies before the

 

publication of the notice mentioned in subsection (1) above, that subsection shall

 

not apply if the Commission, after considering the matters discussed at the local

 

inquiry, the nature of the representations received on the publication of the notice

 

and any other relevant circumstances, are of opinion that a further inquiry would

 

not be justified.

 

(1C)    

In subsection (1A) above, “interested authority” and “elector” respectively mean,

 

in relation to any recommendation, a local authority whose area is wholly or

 

partly comprised in the constituencies affected by the recommendation, and a

 

parliamentary elector for any of those constiuencies.’.

 


 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

163

 

Clause  11,  page  11,  line  30,  leave out ‘Secretary of State’ and insert ‘Minister’.


 
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