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boundary commission

boundary commission. Redistribution of parliamentary constituencies had always been accompanied by accusations that they were made for party advantage, but movements of population, particularly in the 20th cent. from city centres to suburbs, meant that readjustment of boundaries was a constant need. The problem was tackled by the Redistribution of Seats Act of 1949 which set up four permanent boundary commissions, for England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, to review and report regularly. The chairmanship was to be taken by the Speaker. Schedule 2 of the Act defined the rules the commissions were to follow and laid down that each constituency should have one MP.

J. A. Cannon

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