Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Clause 8 — Periodicity of Reports of the Boundary Commissions — 20 Oct 2010 at 15:45
Mark Field MP, Cities of London and Westminster voted for a review of Parliamentary constituency boundaries to be carried out every ten years, rather than every five years.
The majority of MPs voted to require a report by Boundary Commissions on Parliamentary constituency boundaries every five years, and not to increase the period to every ten years as was proposed.
The Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill contains provisions stating when periodic reports by the Boundary Commission on Parliamentary Constituency boundaries must be produced.
The Bill, as introduced, stated:
- A Boundary Commission shall submit reports under subsection (1) above periodically—
- (a) before 1st October 2013, and
- (b) before 1st October of every fifth year after that.”
Greg Mulholland MP proposed making the regular reports every ten years rather than five; the text of his amendment was:
- page 6, line 36, leave out "fifth" and insert "tenth".
Mr Mulholland did not speak in the debate in Parliament, but other MPs put arguments both for long term stability of Parliamentary Constituencies. Deputy Leader of the House of Commons David Heath stated:
- Delaying the boundary reviews would simply make the information on which they are based more inaccurate. The general election held last May was based on electoral registration data 10 years out of date. That cannot be right...
-  Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill as introduced
-  Section of Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill as introduced containing p.6 line 36, the location of the relevant section
-  Debate in Parliament, 20th October 2010
-  David Heath MP, House of Commons, 20th October 2010
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||272 (+2 tell)||1||0||89.9%|
|Lab||0||219 (+1 tell)||0||85.3%|
|SNP||0||3 (+1 tell)||0||66.7%|
|Mark Field||Cities of London and Westminster||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Andrew George||St Ives||LDem (front bench)||aye|
|Greg Mulholland||Leeds North West||LDem (front bench)||aye|
|John Thurso||Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross||LDem (front bench)||aye|