Clause 12 — Boundary Commission proposals: publicity and consultation
Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill (Programme) (No. 4)
Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore, Labour)
May I point out to my right hon. Friend the inconsistency in principles at work here? In Wales, we are currently redrawing the local authority boundaries. We are able to make submissions and have hearings. Some people are happy and some are not, but at least they feel that they have had the opportunity to be heard. Many Lib Dem and Conservative local associations have made submissions to that process, and that principle has been accepted by everybody, because they have had that opportunity. What is being proposed is the electoral equivalent of a poll tax, and it is going to bite some people on the bum.