The Boundary Commission has published its 2018 Review Final Recommendations 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.
Commenting on the Final Recommendations, Deputy Chair of the Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland, Madam Justice Denise McBride DBE, QC said, “The Boundary Commission has determined its Final Recommendations after careful consideration of all the evidence collected during three stages of open and transparent public consultation. The Commission is grateful to all those who took the time and trouble to respond. We have sought, where possible, to try and accommodate the wide range of views and proposals presented whilst remaining within the constraint of the statutory criteria imposed upon the 2018 Review.”
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.