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Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:04 am on 18th November 2016.

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Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Conservative, Forest of Dean 10:04 am, 18th November 2016

My hon. Friend is spot on. If we do not implement in time for the next election the boundary changes currently in train, the next election will be fought on constituency boundaries set according to an electoral register that is 20 years out of date. I will come to the point—on the face of it, it is a perfectly sensible one—that the hon. Member for North West Durham made about the new registrations for the referendum, but if hon. Members think that there is problem with people who have registered in the past year, I would simply point out that nearly 20 years’ worth of electors are currently missing from the registers used for parliamentary constituencies.