Committee on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister Press Notice

Session 2004-05  11 January 2005



The Committee has resolved to hold a short inquiry into Ward Boundaries . It will be looking at:

The extent to which the Electoral Commission’s statutory criteria under section 13(5) of the Local Government Act 1992, as amended by the Local Government for England (Transfer of Functions) Order 2001, in making structural, boundary or electoral changes, are

a) appropriate, and

b) balanced.

The criteria state that the Electoral Commission must, in making recommendations to the Secretary of State for boundary changes, have regard to the need:

a)   to reflect the identities and interests of local communities,

b)   to secure effective and convenient local government; and

c)   to secure equality of representation.

The Committee took evidence from the Electoral Commission and the Boundary Committee for England in Session 2002-03, which covered the issue of boundary changes. The minutes of evidence of this session can be found online at: .

The Committee invites written evidence on the points above and other relevant topics by Monday 7th February 2005. It is unlikely that evidence submitted after this date will be published. (Witnesses who wish their evidence to be treated in confidence should contact the Clerk of the Committee in advance.) Decisions on oral evidence are likely to be taken on the basis of evidence received by this date. [The form which such evidence should take is set out below B please note in particular the restriction on length and that wherever possible it should be submitted by e-mail or on disk].

Contact: Charlotte Littleboy, Committee Clerk 020 7219 3290


Written evidence should if possiblle be submitted in an electronic format, either on disk or preferably by e-mail. It should be in MS Word or Rich Text format.  If sent by e-mail it should for this inquiry be sent to  The e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from. If sent by post it should be sent to the Clerk, ODPM Committee, Committee Office, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. Witnesses without access to a computer are respectfully requested to take particular care that submissions are legible.

Submissions should be as brief as possible, and certainly no more than 3,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and it would be helpful to include a brief executive summary. Those submitting evidence are reminded that evidence should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted no public use should be made of it. Guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at

Further details of the Committee, including its current membership, can be found on the Committee's homepage at  Information about the Committee can also be obtained from 020 7219 4972.