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Clause 11 — number and distribution of seats

Part of Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill (Programme) (No. 4) – in the House of Commons at 6:45 pm on 1st November 2010.

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Photo of Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan Shadow Minister (Education) 6:45 pm, 1st November 2010

Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the Government's approach to this Bill, and the observations from some hon. Members opposite, profoundly misunderstands the nature of the United Kingdom? By equalising-except with some exceptions-the parliamentary constituencies, it completely ignores the fact that we are a united kingdom of nations of different sizes. In the United States, where there are equal congressional districts, the Senate balances the rights of the smaller states. There is no balancing within this Bill for the small nations, which could never ever outvote the interests of the largest nation in this United Kingdom.