Annual Report of the Boundary Commission for England, for the financial year 2019-20
15. The whole of the 2019/20 financial year falls in between the active review
periods under the statutory five-year cycle of reviews. Our primary purpose this year has therefore been limited to collecting, collating and publishing parliamentary electorate data for existing constituencies in England.
Main objectives for 2019-20, with outcomes
16. The main objectives for the Commission during the financial year 2019/20 were:
- By the end of May 2019, collate and publish parliamentary electorate
data from all local electoral registration officers in England, illustrating
changes in electorate size in existing constituencies. The parliamentary
electorate figures for 2019 were added to the data published on our website, which displays the year by year changes in the parliamentary electorate figures in English constituencies.
- By the end of June 2019, support the sponsor Department in the
appointment of two new Commissioners, to ensure the Commission
remains quorate. Our two new Commissioners, Colin Byrne and Sarah
Hamilton, were appointed with effect from 1 July 2019, immediately
following the expiry of the term of office of Neil Pringle on 30 June.
- During the course of the year, hold at least one formal meeting of
Commissioners to maintain governance oversight and make key
strategic planning and policy decisions relating to the next scheduled
constituencies review. The Commissioners met formally on 21 February 2020, the papers and minutes of which will be published on the Commission’s website.
- By the end of November 2019, organise and deliver the Annual
Meeting of the UK Boundary Commissions. The Commission
organised and hosted this annual event on 29 November 2019. As well
as sharing of knowledge and best practice between the Commissions, the meeting also received presentations from The Electoral Commission, the late Professor Ron Johnston, and Informed Solutions.
- By March 2020, produce an evaluation report on the administration of
the 2018 Review, highlighting areas that could be improved and
instances of good practice. A management report was produced and
formed one of the papers at the Commissioners meeting on 21 February 2020.
17. Following the general election in December 2019, the Commission also
responded to requests for specialist technical briefing in relation to the practicalities of prospective changes to the arrangements for delivering a review of Parliamentary constituencies. This material informed the Government’s
development of its Parliamentary Constituencies Bill, which has subsequently been progressing through Parliament.