HL Deb 22 November 2001 vol 628 cc155-6WA
Lord Judd

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What studies they have undertaken into real oil prices per barrel from the Middle East and the Gulf when the cost of security arrangements and deployment have been taken into account; and what was the outcome of such studies. [HL1061]

Statistics on the number of votes cast by the regions that will, according to the Government's plans set out in the White Paper The House of Lords—Completing the Reform (Cm 5291), form the basis of the constituencies for elections to the House of Lords are not readily accessible for general elections prior to 1983.

The five elections prior to that are results based on the number of votes cast nationally rather than regionally.

The regional structure to which votes are attributed to various parts of England has varied over the last five Parliaments. Such changes could, at the margin, affect the distribution of seats to political parties. No account has been taken in this analysis of changes in population, with each region allocated seats based on its current share of the proposed 120 elected seats.

In the results for 1966 and 1970, estimates for the Conservatives include seats won in Northern Ireland.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Sainsbury of Turville)

No such studies are available.