Boundary Commissions

Electoral Commission Committee written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Andrew MacKay Andrew MacKay Senior Parliamentary & Political Advisor To David Cameron

To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what the time scale is for the assumption of responsibility by the Electoral Commission of the work of the parliamentary boundary commissions.

Photo of Peter Viggers Peter Viggers Conservative, Gosport

The Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 makes provision for the transfer of the responsibilities of the four parliamentary boundary commissions to the Electoral Commission. On 22 May 2006, Hansard, column 1472W, the Under-Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs Bridget Prentice stated that the Government wished to take into account the findings of the review of the Electoral Commission by the Committee on Standards in Public Life before reaching a decision on the timing of any such transfers. That Committee reported in January and has recommended that the relevant statutory provisions should be repealed. The Government have yet to respond formally to this report.

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