HC Deb 14 March 1983 vol 39 cc8-9W
Mr. Anderson

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, in light of progress on boundaries for United Kingdom parliamentary elections, he now considers it feasible that the boundaries for European elections will be adjusted before the date set for elections in 1984.

Mr. George Robertson

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to receive proposed boundaries on which the 1984 European Parliament elections will be fought; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Mayhew

The Boundary Commissions in Great Britain cannot proceed with their reviews of European Parliament constituencies until the Orders in Council giving effect to the new parliamentary constituencies have been made. I understand that the English commission sees no prospect of completing its review of European Parliament constituencies in time for its recommendations to be implemented, with or without modifications, for the elections in 1984. The Welsh and Scottish commissions are assessing the position.