Parliamentary Elections

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 19th December 2005.

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Photo of Peter Bone Peter Bone Conservative, Wellingborough 2:30 pm, 19th December 2005

Whether the Electoral Commission has recently been consulted on changing the method by which hon. Members are elected.

Photo of Peter Viggers Peter Viggers Conservative, Gosport

The commission understands that the Government are conducting research to examine the experience of new voting systems introduced to United Kingdom elections since 1997. The commission has not been asked to contribute to that process, nor is there an obligation on the Government to consult the commission in those circumstances.

Photo of Peter Bone Peter Bone Conservative, Wellingborough

I hope that there will be no change to the method of electing hon. Members to this House, but if proposals are to be made I ask that the equalisation of numbers in constituencies be considered.

Photo of Peter Viggers Peter Viggers Conservative, Gosport

Although there is statutory provision to transfer the responsibility for parliamentary constituencies to the Electoral Commission, that provision has not yet been implemented. However, my hon. Friend has made his point and I am sure that it will be heard.