Examination of Witness

Part of Parliamentary Constituencies Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:40 pm on 18th June 2020.

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Photo of Chris Clarkson Chris Clarkson Conservative, Heywood and Middleton 12:40 pm, 18th June 2020

My points dovetail nicely with my colleague’s questions. We have been talking quite a bit about the necessity, or desirability, of ward splitting in England. Obviously, it is a slightly different situation Q in Northern Ireland because, in addition to wards, you have electoral areas. I want to understand what you use as the principal building blocks for drawing the new seats—is it electoral areas or wards? If it is electoral areas, at what stage do you start splitting those back down to constituent wards?