The Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland (BCNI) has today published revised proposals for Parliamentary constituencies in Northern Ireland, and commenced the third consultation stage of the 2023 Boundary Review. In line with the legislation, the third consultation stage lasts for four weeks, and will close on 15th December 2022.
Having considered the written representations received during the initial and secondary consultation stages, and the records of the public hearings, the Commission has revised its initial proposals. Written representations with respect to the revised proposals can be made during the third consultation stage, as well as written representations with respect to representations made during the public hearings.
Commenting on today’s publication, Deputy Chairman Mr Justice Michael Humphreys said:
“Following two previous periods of consultation, the Commission has considered the representations made to it, and revised its initial proposals. The Commission is grateful to all those who made representations during the initial and secondary consultation periods. We encourage everyone with an interest to consider the revised proposals and share their views, whether to support the proposals, or to suggest alternatives which also take into account the requirements of the legislation.”
Written representations must be received by the Commission by 15th December 2022 and can be submitted using the online portal, by email, or by post. These representations will be published online after the end of the third consultation stage. The Commission must submit its final recommendations to the Speaker of the House of Commons by 1st July 2023.
The Revised Proposals, accompanying resources and more details about the 2023 Boundary Review process are available on the Commission’s website at www.boundarycommission.org.uk/2023-review-parliamentary-constituencies.