Electoral systems and boundaries

Response to the consultation

Evidence submitted in response to this Consultation

Purpose of the consultation

The Committee on Assembly Electoral Reform was established in September 2019 to examine the recommendations of the Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform in respect of the size of the Assembly and how Members are elected. 

Building on the Expert Panel’s work, the Committee is investigating the potential implications of changing the system used to elect Members and reforming the constituencies and regions Members represent.

The Committee is seeking written submissions to inform its inquiry and the terms of reference are to:

*        Examine the recommendations of the Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform relating to electoral systems and boundaries, and the principles underpinning them, by:

*        Examining the implications of the electoral systems and boundaries recommended by the Expert Panel for democratic representation in Wales, and considering how the principles identified by the Expert Panel might be weighted to ensure that the Assembly's electoral arrangements are appropriate to the Welsh context;

*        Exploring public sentiment and understanding of the Assembly's current electoral arrangements and boundaries and the options recommended by the Expert Panel;

*        Considering the implications for political parties in Wales of changing the electoral system and boundary models;

*        Exploring the principles and practicalities of establishing boundary review arrangements for Assembly electoral areas;

*        Considering the cost and resource implications of reforming the electoral system and Assembly boundaries.

It would be helpful if you could use the terms of reference above to frame your response.

Submissions should arrive by Wednesday 19 February 2020. If you wish to submit evidence, please send an electronic copy of your submission to:

Providing Written Evidence

The National Assembly for Wales has two official languages, Welsh and English.

In line with the Assembly’s Official Languages Scheme, the Committee requests that documents or written responses to consultations intended for publication or use in National Assembly proceedings are submitted bilingually. When documents or written responses are not submitted bilingually, we will publish in the language submitted, stating that it has been received in that language only.

We expect other organisations to implement their own standards or schemes and to comply with their statutory obligation.

Please see guidance for those providing evidence for committees.

Disclosure of information

Please ensure that you have considered the Assembly’s policy on disclosure of information before submitting information to the Committee.

Supporting documents

Contact details

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:

Committee on Assembly Electoral Reform
Welsh Parliament
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1SN

Telephone: 0300 200 6565



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