On the 24 February 2016, the Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland announced the commencement of the 2018 Review of Parliamentary Constituencies.

Final Recommendations Report

In accordance with its statutory duties under Sections 3(1) and 3(2) of the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986 (as amended), the Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland submitted its Final Recommendations of the 2018 Review of Parliamentary Constituencies to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on Wednesday 5 September 2018.

The Boundary Commission published its 2018 Review Final Recommendations Report on 10 September setting out the 17 new parliamentary constituencies for Northern Ireland.  This follows the laying in Parliament of all four UK Boundary Commissions’ Final Recommendations Reports.

More information on the 2018 Review process can be found on our 2018 Review page.

What happens next?

The Boundary Commission's work on the 2018 Review has now ended. The Government is responsible for laying a single draft Order in Council before Parliament to give effect to the Commissions’ recommendations. The draft order must be voted on and approved by both the House of Commons and the House of Lords before the recommendations come into force.  The Commission has no role in this procedure.

The House of Commons Library (external link opens in a new window / tab)has produced a useful insight into the process following submission of the Final Recommendations to Government.