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FAQs - Scottish Parliament Reviews

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These Frequently Asked Questions provide information about us and our work. If you cannot find the answer you are looking for in the sections above, contact us using the details at the bottom left of each page.

Under the terms of s.8 of the Scotland Act 2016, responsibility for reviews of Scottish Parliament boundaries passed from the Boundary Commission for Scotland to the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland with effect from 18 May 2017.

How often do you review Scottish Parliament boundaries?
We conduct a periodic review Scottish Parliament boundaries every 8 to 12 years. We can conduct an Interim Review of Scottish Parliament boundaries between periodic reviews if we judge it necessary. Interim Reviews have only taken place in the past when there has been a change to a council area boundary which coincides with a constituency boundary .

What is the process for reviewing Scottish Parliament boundaries?
The process that we follow is largely defined by the law: the legislation governing our work is available on this website. The process can be summarised as:

  • we develop Provisional Proposals;
  • we publish our proposals for 1 month of public consultation;
  • we consider all responses received during the consultation, hold local inquiries and produce Revised Recommendations as necessary;
  • we publish any Revised Recommendations for 1 month of public consultation;
  • we consider any further responses received during the consultation and produce Further Recommendations as necessary;
  • we publish any Further Recommendations for public consultation; and
  • we submit our report to the Secretary of State for Scotland.

As part of a review we produce a booklet explaining the process, which is available from us or from this website.

What determines if a local inquiry is held?
A local inquiry is held depending on the comments received during a consultation. The law requires that, if a large number of objections are received, or if a local authority objects, then a local inquiry must be held. We can also decide that there should be a local inquiry even if those criteria are not met. We arrange for a Sheriff Principal to chair any local inquiry and report on it.

What are the electorate requirements for constituencies?
The electorate of each constituency has to be as near the average as is practicable.

What are the other rules for designing Scottish Parliament constituencies?
The other rules include avoiding excessive disparities between neighbouring constituencies, taking account of local authority boundaries, of special geographical considerations, and of inconveniences and any local ties which would be broken by changes to constituencies.

How do I find out what is going on?
We publish information about our work on our website through the News and Reviews in Progress sections, and on Facebook. At key stages of any review, we issue News Releases to newspapers and broadcasters, and place public notices in newspapers. At the public consultation stages of reviews, we make maps and other information about our proposals available for inspection at locations such as public libraries and council offices.

Can I have a say?
Yes. The public consultation process is designed to allow everyone to express their view for or against our proposals. You can do this by letter or email, using our contact details given on this website. During consultation periods, we have a response form on this website. You can express your views in person at local inquiries. Views in support of our proposals are as important as those against.

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