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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 investigated the potential implications of changing the system used to elect Members and reforming the constituencies and regions Members represent.

The Committee sought written submissions to inform its inquiry, of which the terms of reference were 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.

The consultation was held between 8 January 2020 and 19 February 2020.


Respondents were asked to ensure they had considered the Senedd’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