Boundary Commission Review of Parliamentary Constituencies

Sixth Review of UK Parliamentary Constituencies

The Boundary Commission for Scotland is reviewing all UK Parliament constituencies in Scotland as follows:

  • UK Parliament constituencies are being reduced from 650 to 600.
  • Scotland will have 52 in place of the current 59 constituencies.
  • 2 island constituencies are set as Na h-Eileanan an lar and Orkney and Shetland.
  • constituencies must have between 72,810 and 80,473 electors, unless they are larger than 12,000 square kilometres when they can have fewer
  • a constituency must be no larger than 13,000 square kilometres.

The Revised Proposals for constituencies are now published as part of the Sixth Review of UK Parliament Constituencies. The Revised Proposals will be subject to an 8 week final public consultation period, which will run until Wednesday 7 November 2012.

The Maps of the Revised Proposals for the Highland Council area are as follows:

  • Caithness, Sutherland, Ross and Cromarty (2251kb pdf) - the proposed constituency boundary follows ward boundaries in The Highland Council area with 2 exceptions: ward 6 (Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh), where the boundary follows the watershed south of Torridon; and ward 13 (Aird and Loch Ness), where the boundary follows community council boundaries.
    This constituency is unchanged from the Initial Proposals published in 2011.
  • Inverness and Skye (2778kb pdf) - the proposed constituency boundary follows ward boundaries in The Highland Council area with 3 exceptions: ward 6, where the boundary follows the watershed south of Torridon; ward 12 (Caol and Mallaig) where the boundary  follows the Caledonian Canal west of Caol; and ward 13 where the boundary follows community council boundaries.
    This constituency is changed to exclude ward 19 and Caol in ward 12, and to include ward 23, from the Initial Proposals published in 2011.
  • Argyll, Bute and South Lochaber (2307kb pdf) - the proposed constituency contains all of Argyll and Bute council area and ward 22 (Fort William and Ardnamurchan) and Caol within ward 12 (Caol and Mallaig) of Highland Council area.
    This constituency boundary is changed to include Caol, where the boundary follows the Caledonian Canal, and the name is changed from Argyll, Bute and Lochaber from the Initial Proposals published in 2011.
  • Moray and Nairn (2736kb pdf) - the proposed constituency contains all of Moray council area and ward 19 (Nairn) of Highland Council area.
    This constituency replaces Moray and Strathspey constituency from the Initial Proposals published in 2011, which included all of Moray council area and ward 21 (Badenoch and Strathspey) of Highland Council area.

The Hearing for Highland Constituencies was held on 24 November 2011 in the Town House, Inverness before Sheriff Principal Sir Stephen Young. 

The Policies and Procedures of the Review can be found here.