Members of the Lords discussed the key principles and purpose of the Parliamentary Constituencies Bill during second reading on Monday 27 July.
The purpose of the bill is to ensure the number of parliamentary constituencies remains at 650 and that they reflect the changes in demographics, house building and migration that have taken place over the past 20 years.
Members discussed a range of topics highlighted by the bill, including the impact of COVID-19 on the electoral data for the next boundary review, people eligible to vote missing from the electoral register and the difficulties in representing geographically large constituencies.
Lord True (Conservative), Minister of State in the Cabinet Office and the bill’s sponsor in the Lords, opened the debate.
Speakers included a number of former MPs and a former member of the Advisory Board, Wales Governance Centre.
Committee stage, the first chance for line by line examination of the bill, has yet to be scheduled.
Parliamentary Constituencies Bill
This bill aims to:
- ensure there are equal Parliamentary boundaries on the basis of 650 constituencies
- change the rules governing the setting of the boundaries of parliamentary constituencies
- make changes to the timing and process of boundary reviews by the Boundary Commission
- add the constituency of Ynys Môn, comprising the area of the Isle of Anglesey County Council, to the list of protected constituencies.