A cut in the number of MPs would make a “profound change” to how Wales is represented in the House of Commons, says a cross-party committee.
Proposals to see the number of MPs in the Commons reduced from 650 to 600 would see Wales go from a total number of 40 MPs to 30. Constituencies in Wales currently have less in them than those in England and it has been proposed that they are “equalised”
But the cross-party Welsh Affairs Committee said the “unique position of Wales” in terms of geography, culture and history should be recognised.
Chair of the Welsh Affairs Committee, David TC Davies MP, said: “By any yardstick, the government’s proposals for constitutional reform would represent a profound change to the way that Wales is represented at Westminster.”
He said he was pleased the committee had unanimously agreed on the report, which highlighted a number of concerns about the legislation.
“We are concerned that the aspects of the bill which particularly relate to Wales have not received as full scrutiny as they should,
“Ministers now have the opportunity to address our concerns before the bill completes its passage in the Commons.”
While the committee agrees with the principle that all votes should have equal weighting, it believes re-drawing constituencies based on an electoral quota “should not be the only determining factor”.
What do you think about the proposed cuts and boundary changes for Welsh MPs? Would you like to see less MPs or do think we should keep the current number of MPs? How would you approach “equalisation” – where would you draw the boundaries?