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Embargoed until 00:01 on 28 June 2011 - Guide to the 2013 Review published today by Boundary Commission for England

Embargoed until 00:01 on 28 June 2011 - Guide to the 2013 Review published today by Boundary Commission for England

News Release issued by the COI News Distribution Service on 27 June 2011

Boundary Commission for England news release - 28 June 2011

The Guide explains how the 2013 review of parliamentary constituencies will work. It also gives details about how people will be able to have their say when the Commission publishes its proposals this September. Copies of the initial proposals will be available in various locations across all of England as well on the Commission's website. People will be able to comment on the proposals either by attending public hearings, that will run from mid-October to mid-November, or by writing in during the 12 week consultation period which will end in December.

Simon James, Secretary to the Commission said "We want to encourage people to give us their views when we publish our initial proposals this September. This Guide gives all the information you need to know about the review process and how you can participate."

The Guide is available from the Commission's website

More details about viewing the proposals and on how to register for a public hearing will be published on the website in July.

Background notes for editors

1. The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) is an independent and impartial non-departmental public body, which is responsible for reviewing Parliamentary constituency boundaries in England.

2. The BCE is reviewing Parliamentary boundaries following the new rules laid down in the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011 ('the 2011 Act') and will deliver its final recommendations by 1 October 2013.

3. The 2011 Act reduces the number of constituencies from 650 to 600. England has been allocated 502 constituencies, two of these constituencies are expressly reserved for the Isle of Wight.

To view the table that accompanies this release, please follow the link below;

4. The Act requires that each constituency must have an electorate that is no less than 95% and no more than 105% of the 'UK electoral quota'. The UK electoral quota for the 2013 Review is, to the nearest whole number, 76,641.

More information
5. We are holding a media briefing on 14 July in the afternoon. We will be answering questions about the review processes as covered in Guide as well as giving more details about dates and locations of public hearings. Note we will not be able to discuss the actual proposals. Contact for more information or to register.

6. Contact details

Phone: 020 7276 1581

Media enquiries should be directed to the Press Office during week days between 9.00 and 5.00 pm.


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