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PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCIES - PROVISIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHANGE IN WALES

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In December 2002 the parliamentary Boundary Commission for Wales announced the fifth general review of parliamentar...
In December 2002 the parliamentary Boundary Commission for Wales announced the fifth general review of parliamentary constituencies in Wales together with a review of the National Assembly for Wales electoral regions. The commission's provisional recommendations have now been published and go out for public consultation.

The commission's provisional recommendations may be summarised as follows:

-the proposed number of parliamentary constituencies (and thus assembly constituencies) remains at 40.

-significant changes to parts of the Clwyd and Gwynedd preserved county areas are proposed with the creation of new constituencies of Conwy, Arfon, and Dwyfor Meirionnydd.

-minor changes are proposed to the following constituencies: Clwyd South, Clwyd West, Vale of Clwyd, Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Preseli Pembrokeshire, Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cynon Valley, Islwyn, Ogmore, Pontypridd, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, Montgomeryshire, Cardiff South and Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, Gower and Neath.

-no changes are proposed to the remaining 17 constituencies.

-changes are proposed to the Assembly electoral regions of North Wales and Mid and West Wales and a minor change is proposed to the electoral regions of South Wales Central and South Wales West, in each case to reflect proposed changes to parliamentary/Assembly constituencies.

Public consultation on the provisional recommendations from the commission (available on LGCnet) commenced on 5 January 2004 and interested parties will have one month to make comments to the commission. In the event of any significant objections, the commission will hold a local inquiry, which will be presided over by an assistant commissioner. Final recommendations are likely to be submitted to parliament by the end of 2004.

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