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Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:44 pm on 18th November 2016.

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Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Conservative, Christchurch 12:44 pm, 18th November 2016

I am trying to address that point. If we are to have proper democracy rather than mathematics, we need a reasonable period within which the boundary commissions in Wales and England can look at the evidence and work out where it will be best for the boundaries to be situated. They could then consult and hold public inquiries on that basis. We have already heard, however, that if the Bill were to be put on to the statute book with a requirement for the new arrangements to be implemented no later than October 2018, it would not be possible for the boundary commissions—certainly those in England—to do the necessary spadework to ensure an equitable outcome, rather than one that would be subject to judicial review as a result of having been rushed and not taking into account the representations that had been made.