Consultation area FAQs

We review UK Parliament constituencies every 5 years. The current 2018 Review of UK Parliament constituencies began in 2016 and will end in 2018. We expect that the constituencies will be used for the next General Election which is currently expected in 2022.
The process that we follow is largely defined by the law. The legislation governing our work is the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986.

The process can be summarised as:
• we develop our Initial Proposals;
• we publish those proposals for 12 weeks of public consultation;
• we hold public hearings during the consultation period;
• we publish consultation responses online for public comment for a 4 week period;
• we consider all responses and comments received during the consultation period, and produce Revised Proposals as necessary;
• we publish any Revised Proposals for 8 weeks of public consultation;
• we consider any further responses made and amend our recommendations as necessary; and
• we submit our report to the Secretary of State for Scotland.
As part of a review we produce a booklet explaining the process and the policies within which we work, which is available to download here or a hard copy can be supplied on request.
The electorate of each constituency, with a few specified exceptions, has to be within 5% of the average electorate of a mainland constituency in the United Kingdom. For this review, a constituency must have between 71,031 and 78,507 electors. The exceptions are constituencies covering Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands council areas (which each have a smaller electorate and are not subject to review under the legislation) and any constituency exceeding 12,000 square kilometres which is allowed to have a smaller electorate under certain circumstances.
The legislation stipulates that there are to be 600 constituencies in the UK, including 53 in Scotland. Two constituencies in Scotland are prescribed in the legislation: ‘Orkney and Shetland’ constituency and ‘Na h-Eileanan an Iar’ constituency. We do not review these constituencies and will make recommendations for 51 constituencies in Scotland.
(501 constituencies in England, 29 constituencies in Wales and 17 constituencies in Northern Ireland).
As an independent and politically impartial body, we do not take into account patterns of voting or the results of elections when reviewing constituency boundaries. Nor do the political parties’ views on where boundaries should be have any more weight than those of members of the public.
No. These proposals do not affect: your council boundary, ward boundary or community council boundary; your council tax and the services your council provides; your school catchment area; your postcode or postal address; access to public or private facilities or transport; policing or fire service areas; or, NHS services, i.e. your GP or local hospital.
We publish information about our work on our website. We also use Facebook and twitter.

At key stages of the review, we issue news releases to newspapers and broadcasters. At the public consultation stages of the review, we make maps and other information about our proposals available for inspection at locations such as public libraries and council offices. We also provide an online mapping facility that allows users to compare our proposals with other electoral boundaries in the area and comment on our proposals and others’ comments. We publish transcripts of our public hearings for public scrutiny and comment.
The public consultation process is designed to allow everyone to inspect our proposals and express their views for or against our proposals, and also to allow comment on views expressed by others.

You can do this, during a consultation stage, by submitting an online response through this consultation portal, by letter (Boundary Commission for Scotland, Thistle House, 91 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12 5HD) or by email (comments@scottishboundaries.gov.uk), during our consultation stages. Views in support of our proposals are as important as those against.

You can comment on more than one area.

If you are submitting a comment on behalf of a group, you should make that clear when you do so, to help us understand how widely that comment is supported. If you are submitting a petition in support of a comment, you can either send that to us, or upload it as a Word, Excel or PDF file.
Once we have met the electorate rule, we also have to ensure that the extent of every constituency is less than 13,000 square kilometres. We can also take account of special geographical considerations, local authority boundaries, existing constituency boundaries and local ties which would be broken by changing constituencies.
The constituencies covering these island areas are defined by legislation to be one covering Orkney and Shetland, and another covering Na h-Eileanan an Iar. Since the extent of these constituencies cannot be changed, we have not included them in the list of areas.
Yes. We’ve published all the discussion papers and minutes from our meetings where we discussed our proposals and final recommendations.

Our meeting papers and minutes are stored in the publications section of our main website. We also have an index showing which of our discussion papers and meetings considered each constituency, see the 2018 Review section of our main website (http://www.bcomm-scotland.independent.gov.uk (link is external)).
It is important to us to be able to validate the authenticity of any comments received, and therefore the name fields are mandatory when you submit a response.

In line with our privacy policy, before publishing comments we will remove your signature, and any personal contact details such as address, phone number or email address.
We will take account of the ward boundaries in place from 2007 – 2017, in line with the legislation.

New wards were introduced from May 2017 and we will consider using these if consultation responses suggest adopting them will improve local ties.
The maps and information on this website are published for the purpose of public consultation, and you are free to republish information in support of that. There’s more information on our copyright page at http://www.bcomm-scotland.gov.uk/commission/copyright.asp (link is external)
You can contact us by email (enquiries@scottishboundaries.gov.uk), telephone us (0131 244 2001), or write to us (Boundary Commission for Scotland, Thistle House, 91 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12 5HD).
The consultation site is set up to allow you to view the proposals and final recommendations on an interactive map, and to help you make a comment on the proposals during a consultation stage.

There is further information about the review on our main website at http://www.bcomm-scotland.independent.gov.uk/2018_westminster/ (link is external).
• Comments which support are as important as those which oppose.
• Comments will be judged on the quality of argument and evidence presented.

Effective comments will:
• Where they are objecting to the Commission’s proposals, suggest an alternative, as well as setting out the objection.
• Take account of the statutory requirements.
• Consider the consequences of the suggested alternative across the widest possible area.
This consultation part of our website allows you to:
• view our proposals and final recommendations on a map which you can zoom and pan
• compare our proposals and final recommendations with other electoral boundaries
• search our proposals and final recommendations by postcode and by council area
• submit comments on the proposals during our consultation stages
• view all comments received during the 2018 Review.
The consultation stages of the 2018 Review have now concluded.
We consulted on our Initial Proposals from October 2016 to January 2017 and held 5 Public Hearings in November and December 2016. We also held a secondary consultation on our Initial Proposals in March 2017. We consulted on our Revised Proposals from October to December 2017.