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European Parliamentary Elections Act 1999

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Section 2.

SCHEDULE 1New Schedule 2 to the European Parliamentary Elections Act 1978

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Schedule 2Electoral Regions in England

Electoral regions

1The electoral regions for England shall be those listed in the Table below.

2(1)Subject to sub-paragraph (2), a reference in the Table to a local government or administrative area is a reference to that area as it is for the time being.

(2)Where an area specified in column (2) of the Table is altered, the alteration shall not have effect for the purposes of this Act until the first general election of MEPs at which the poll in the United Kingdom takes place after the alteration comes into force for all other purposes.

Number of MEPs elected for each region

3The number of MEPs elected for each electoral region in England shall be the number specified in column (3) of the Table.

4(1)As soon as possible after 16th February in each pre-election year the Secretary of State shall—

(a)consider whether the ratio of registered electors to MEPs is as nearly as possible the same for every electoral region in England, and

(b)make by order such amendments of column (3) of the Table as he considers necessary to ensure that result.

(2)An order under sub-paragraph (1) shall not alter the total number of MEPs elected for electoral regions in England.

(3)For the purposes of sub-paragraph (1) the Secretary of State shall consider the number of registered electors as at 16th February of the pre-election year.

(4)For the purposes of sub-paragraph (1) a registered elector for an electoral region is a person whose name appears in a relevant register, or part of a relevant register, which relates to the region, other than a person who is—

(a)a relevant citizen of the Union within the meaning of section 202(1) of the Representation of the [1983 c. 2.] People Act 1983 (interpretation), and

(b)registered only for the purposes of local government elections.

(5)The relevant registers are—

(a)registers of parliamentary electors;

(b)registers of local government electors;

(c)registers of peers maintained under section 3(2) to (9) of the Representation of the [1985 c. 50.] People Act 1985 (peers resident outside the United Kingdom);

(d)registers maintained under regulation 9 of the European Parliamentary Elections (Changes to the [S.I. 1994/342.] Franchise and Qualification of Representatives) Regulations 1994 (relevant citizens of the European Union).

(6)In this paragraph “pre-election year” means any year after 2002 which immediately precedes a year in which general elections would be held in accordance with Article 10(2).

(7)A statutory instrument made under sub-paragraph (1) shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

TABLE
(1)(2)(3)
Name of regionCounties, &c. includedNumber of MEPs
East Midlands

County of Derbyshire

County of Derby

County of Leicester

County of Leicestershire

County of Lincolnshire

County of Northamptonshire

County of Nottinghamshire

County of Nottingham

County of Rutland

6
Eastern

County of Bedfordshire

County of Cambridgeshire

County of Essex

County of Hertfordshire

County of Luton

County of Norfolk

County of Peterborough

County of Southend-on-Sea

County of Suffolk

County of Thurrock

8
LondonThe administrative area of Greater London10
North East

County of Darlington

County of Durham

County of Hartlepool

County of Middlesbrough

County of Northumberland

County of Redcar and Cleveland

County of Stockton-on-Tees

County of Tyne and Wear

4
North West

County of Blackburn with Darwen

County of Blackpool

County of Cheshire

County of Cumbria

County of Greater Manchester

County of Halton

County of Lancashire

County of Merseyside

County of Warrington

10
South East

County of Berkshire

County of Brighton and Hove

County of Buckinghamshire

County of East Sussex

County of Hampshire

County of Isle of Wight

County of Kent

County of the Medway Towns

County of Milton Keynes

County of Oxfordshire

County of Portsmouth

County of Southampton

County of Surrey

County of West Sussex

11
South West

County of Bath and North East Somerset

County of Bournemouth

County of the City of Bristol

County of Cornwall

County of Devon

County of Dorset

County of Gloucestershire

County of North Somerset

County of Plymouth

County of Poole

County of Somerset

County of South Gloucestershire

County of Swindon

County of Torbay

County of Wiltshire

Isles of Scilly

7
West Midlands

County of Herefordshire

County of Shropshire

County of Staffordshire

County of Stoke-on-Trent

County of Telford and Wrekin

County of Warwickshire

County of West Midlands

County of Worcestershire

8
Yorkshire & The Humber

County of the City of Kingston upon Hull

County of the East Riding of Yorkshire

County of North East Lincolnshire

County of North Lincolnshire

County of North Yorkshire

County of South Yorkshire

County of West Yorkshire

County of York

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