Date lodged: 16 September 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the criteria used by the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland in its Fifth Reviews of Electoral Arrangements and their suitability for the (a) Argyll and Bute, (b) Dundee City, (c) Shetland Islands, (d) Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and (e) Scottish Borders council area.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 30 September 2016
When making recommendations for changes to the electoral arrangements for a local government area, the Commission must act in accordance with Section 13 and Schedule six of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973. Section 13 states that the Commission may make proposals for effecting changes that appear to the Commission desirable in the interests of effective and convenient local government, while Schedule 6 sets out rules to be observed by the Commission in considering electoral arrangements. Subject to those provisions, the choice of criteria to use in conducting such reviews is a matter for the Commission. The Commission has published a Guidance Booklet setting out its approach to the Fifth Reviews of Electoral Arrangements, which can be found on the Commission’s website at http://www.lgbc-scotland.gov.uk/includes/downloadfile.asp?file=/reviews/5th_electoral/01_resources/Guidance_booklet.pdf.