Closure of 2013 Review
As a result of the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 receiving Royal Assent on 31 January 2013, the date of the next boundary review has been postponed until 2018. The Boundary Commission for England has therefore ceased working on the 2013 Review and will no longer be reporting to the Secretary of State in autumn 2013. Both the Commission and the Secretariat would like to thank all of those who contributed to the 2013 Review and whose valuable submissions contributed so greatly to our task.
Why has work on the 2013 Review ended now before submission of the final report?
In January 2013, Parliament voted to end work on the 2013 Review, postponing the report of a first Review under the new statutory rules until 2018. The reasons for this decision were set out during the debates on the relevant amendment to the (then) Electoral Registration and Administration Bill. Those debates can be read in the Official Record on the Parliament website (www.parliament.uk), the relevant dates being 14 January 2013 for the House of Lords and 29 January 2013 for the House of Commons.
How much has been spent on the 2013 Review?
As at the end of December 2012, the 2013 Review had cost the Boundary Commission for England