2018 Review: Provisional Proposals Report

Closed 28 Nov 2016

Opened 6 Sep 2016


The Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland is an independent and impartial public body which is responsible for reviewing Parliamentary constituencies in Northern Ireland and making recommendations to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland every five years.  The Commission is currently carrying out the 2018 Review of Parliamentary constituencies and has published its Provisional Proposals for comment.

This online consultation should be read alongside the Provisional Proposals Report which sets out the rationale for the proposed new constituencies.



Why We Are Consulting

The Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland (the Commission) is an independent and impartial non-departmental body constituted under the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986 as amended by the Boundary Commissions Act 1992 and the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011.  The legislation sets out the rules by which the Commission must conduct its review and requires the Commission to inform the public about any proposed changes. For the 2018 Review there will be a reduction in the number of constituencies in Northern Ireland (from 18 to 17). 

The review process is informed by public consultation.  The Commission will consider all representations received both in writing and at public hearings throughout Northern Ireland during an initial 12 week consultation period followed by a secondary 4 week consultation period. Should the Commission decide to amend its Provisional Proposals at this stage, it will seek written representations on the revised proposals during a further 8 week consultation period.


Further information:

Provisional Proposals - Guide

Provisional Proposals - Report

Provisional Proposals - Maps

What Happens Next

After the 12 week initial consultation period, the Commission will publish the representations received and the records of the public hearings, and will invite written comment on them during a secondary consultation period of four weeks.  This will begin on 5 September 2017.


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