The Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland started its 6th review of Westminster parliamentary constituency boundaries on 4 March 2011. The review has to be completed before 1st October 2013.
The review follows the enactment of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011 which provided for a 5-year cycle of reviews and introduced new rules and procedures to be followed by the Commission in the delineation of parliamentary constituency boundaries and a new method of allocating constituencies to the 4 regions of the United Kingdom.
For the current review, the number of constituencies in Northern Ireland will reduce from 18 to 16. This will mean redrawing the existing constituency boundaries.
The Commission announced the start of the review in a press release on 4 March 2011. You can access a copy of the Press Release (PDF 420 KB), Frequently asked Questions and a Guide to the review (PDF 105 KB), which includes details of the review process and the legislation governing it. You can also find out about the Northern Ireland electorate data used and the calculation of the United Kingdom electoral quota. A leaflet setting out the timeline for the review (PDF 160 KB) is also available.
The first step in the process was the publication of the Commission’s Provisional Proposals (PDF 280 KB) for the new constituencies in September 2011 followed by a 12 week period of public consultation which ended on 2 December 2011.
Copies of submissions received and transcripts of the public hearings were published by us on 31 January 2012. This was followed by a further 4 week consultation period which ended on 27 February 2012.Following consideration of all the submissions received, the Commission published Revised Proposals (PDF 3.3 MB) on 16 October 2012, for a further final 8-week public consultation period which will run until 10 December 2012.