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UK ELECTORAL STATISTICS 1999

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The number of parliamentary electors on the UK electoral registers increased by 92,092 (2 per cent) between 1998 an...
The number of parliamentary electors on the UK electoral registers increased by 92,092 (2 per cent) between 1998 and 1999 to 44,388,885, according to statistics on parliamentary, local govemment and European parliamentary electors in constituencies and local govemment areas in the UK, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Other key data for parliamentary electors in 1999 show: An increase of 61,720 (0.2 per cent) in the number of parliamentary electors in England, 18,948 (0.5 per cent) in Scotland and 14,305 (1.2 per cent) in Northem Ireland. There was a decrease of 2,881 (0.1 per cent) in Wales.

The Isle of Wight remains the largest parliamentary constituency in the UK with 103,660 electors. The second largest is Bristol West (84,834) followed by Daventry (84,538). Eilean Siar (formerly Westem Isles) remains the constituency with the fewest number of electors, at 22,583.

A decrease of 3,638 (21 per cent) in the number of overseas electors who registered to vote in parliamentary elections in 1999.

BACKGROUND NOTES

1. Statistics on the number of local government electors and European parliamentary electors of the UK electoral registers for 1999 were published on 22 April in an ONS First Release. The figures in this publication may differ slightly to those published in the First Release. The major part of these changes is as a result of amendments made by Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) in figures supplied.

2. The 1999 statistics relate to the register which came into effect on 16 February 1999, based on a qualifying date on 10 October 1998 (15 September in Northern Ireland). The tables are derived from data supplied by the EROs around the time the register came into effect.

3. Details of the policy governing the release of new data, including a description of the release categories featured on the front page of ONS releases, are available from the press office.

4. Crown copyright 1999. ONS First Releases and statistical news releases are subject to Crown copyright protection. Data and text may be reproduced without fee provided use is for genuine news gathering and distribution purposes. Headline figures and short extracts may also be quoted in support of commentary or criticism. All other

reproduction (especially for commercial use) requires specific copyright permission from the ONS and payment of a reproduction fee, or must be the subject of a commercial agreement that includes such

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5. The Office for National Statistics works in partnership with others in the Government Statistical Service to provide Parliament, government and the wider community with the statistical information, analysis and advice needed to improve decision making, stimulate research and inform debate. It also administers the registration of key life events. It aims to provide an authoritative and impartial

picture of society and a window on the work and performance of government, allowing the impact of government policies and actions to be assessed.

*Electoral statistics: Parliamentary, local government electors and European Parliamentary electors in constituencies and local Government areas in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland 1999. Series EL no.25 ONS£12.50 ISBN 1 85774 325 3

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