Committee (11th Day)

Part of Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill – in the House of Lords at 5:00 pm on 19th January 2011.

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Photo of Lord Campbell-Savours Lord Campbell-Savours Labour 5:00 pm, 19th January 2011

My noble friend refers to the 3.5 million who are excluded. It is not that they will not be allowed to vote in the next election; they may well be if they seek to register. The issue must be that the 3.5 million excluded are therefore not being taken into account when the boundaries are being set for the new constituencies. That is the key argument that we are not getting over in the Chamber-the exclusion of those people from the calculation on boundaries is distorting this whole piece of legislation.