There were increases on the registers of 82 thousand (0.2 per cent) in England, 8 thousand (0.6 per cent) in Northern Ireland and 2 thousand (0.04 per cent) in Scotland. There was a decrease of 2 thousand (0.1 per cent) in Wales.
Statistics on parliamentary and local government electors in the United Kingdom and its constituent countries are published today* by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Other key statistics for 1996 include: * The Isle of Wight remains the largest parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom with 101,682 electors, 47 per cent above the average constituency electorate for England.
-- The constituency with the fewest electors in the United Kingdom is still the Western Isles (23,208), 58 per cent below the average constituency electorate for Scotland, followed by Meirionnydd Nant Conwy (32,265) and Orkney and Shetland (32,635).
-- The number of local government electors in the United Kingdom increased by 262 thousand (0.6 per cent) compared with 1995 to reach 44,141,794.
Of this increase, 174 thousand was due to the change in legislation regarding the entitlement of European Union citizens to vote in local government elections.
-- The number of local government electors in Greater London increased by 85,179 (2 per cent) between 1995 and 1996.
This was probably due to the new entitlement of EU Citizens who numbered 68,748 in Greater London (81 per cent of the increase).
-- In Wales, there were small increases in local government electors in 14 of the 22 unitary authorities. In Scotland, 23 of the 32 new unitary authorities saw a rise in electors between 1995 and 1996.
In Northern Ireland, the electorates increased in all of the 26 districts except Belfast.
-- There were 17,886 overseas electors on the 1996 register of parliamentary electors, compared with 17,934 in 1995.