Boundary commissions (United Kingdom)

The boundary commissions in the United Kingdom are non-departmental public bodies responsible for determining the boundaries of constituencies for elections to the House of Commons.[1] There are four separate boundary commissions:

  • Boundary Commission for England
  • Boundary Commission for Scotland
  • Boundary Commission for Wales
  • Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland

Each commission comprises four members, three of whom take part in meetings. The Speaker of the House of Commons is ex officio chairman of each of the boundary commissions. However, the Speaker does not play any part in proceedings, and a Justice is appointed to each boundary commission as Deputy Chairman Commissioner.