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Boundary commission proposals

Asked whether the Prime Minister had digested the Boundary Commission’s report and whether the Prime Minister had any sympathy for colleagues who may be affected, the PMS replied that the Prime Minister was aware of the Boundary Commission’s proposals, adding that this was happening because the Government believed it would result in a more equal and fair system. The PMS said that the constituencies that were used in the 2010 General Election varied widely in size and this process would ensure that everyone’s vote had a more equal weight. This process would also reduce the number of MPs and bring down the size and the cost of the Commons.

Asked about the Prime Minister’s thoughts on whether this would be voted down in 2013 or whether the Prime Minister would have sympathy if it was delayed, the PMS responded that there would be a period of consultation and it would then be voted on by the House of Commons. The PMS said that the Government believed the policy of reducing the size and cost of the Commons and ensuring that everyone’s vote had the same weight was the right one. The PMS added that it was Government policy to ensure that this happened, as had been set out in the Coalition Agreement.

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