The Boundary Commissions are independent bodies and are not accountable to my right hon. Friend for the time they take to complete their reviews within statutory limits. I understand, however, that the English Commission is likely to have completed its current review of parliamentary constituencies by the end of 1982.
I would certainly hope so. The English Boundary Commission, which is totally independent of the Government, and rightly so, has a statutory time in which it has to complete its functions. They must be completed by April 1984.
Can my hon. and learned Friend confirm that when the Government receive the final recommendations of the commission they will take steps to implement those recommendations speedily and thus not follow the disgraceful precedent set by the Labour Party on the last occasion?
There is absolutely no chance whatever of my right hon. Friend following the precedent of 1969, which was regarded as a disgraceful blot on our constitutional history. My right hon. Friend will fulfill his functions as quickly as he properly can.
Is it not a fact that the Government brought a Bill to the House recently for the sole purpose of increasing the Conservative figures at the next election by 15 or 20 seats?