In January 2013, Parliament amended the legislation governing our Sixth Review of UK Parliament Constituencies. As a result, we stopped work on the Review and did not complete it.
We began the Sixth Review in March 2011 after the passage of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011, and the publication of the electorate data required for the review. The legislation required that there would be 52 constituencies in Scotland: 50 covering the mainland council areas, Orkney and Shetland constituency and Na h-Eileanan an Iar constituency.
The Review was conducted simultaneously for the whole of the UK by the four parliamentary Boundary Commissions, and would have resulted in the number of constituencies for the UK being 600.