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Statutory Instruments

2010 No. 2691  (S. 8)

Constitutional Law

Devolution, Scotland

The Scottish Parliament (Constituencies and Regions) Order 2010


10th November 2010

Coming into force in accordance with article 1(2)

At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 10th day of November 2010


The Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty in Council

In accordance with paragraph 3(3) of Schedule 1 to the Scotland Act 1998(1) the Boundary Commission for Scotland submitted to the Secretary of State a report dated May 2010 showing the Scottish Parliament constituencies and regions into which they recommend Scotland should be divided.

In accordance with paragraph 3(9) of that Schedule a copy of that report and a draft of this Order in Council to give effect to the recommendations contained in the report were laid before Parliament by the Secretary of State.

In accordance with paragraph 6(2) of that Schedule the draft was approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.

Accordingly, Her Majesty, in exercise of the powers conferred upon Her by paragraph 6(5) of that Schedule and section 113(5) of that Act, is pleased, by and with the advice of Her Privy Council, to order as follows:

Citation and commencement

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Scottish Parliament (Constituencies and Regions) Order 2010.

(2) This Order shall come into force on the day after the day on which it is made.


2.  In this Order—

“the 1998 Act” means the Scotland Act 1998; and

“the deposited data” means the data recorded on the DVD-ROMs—


entitled “First Periodic Review of Scottish Parliament Boundaries: Final Recommendations for Constituencies and Regions – master copy submitted to the Secretary of State for Scotland”;


etched with the seal of the Boundary Commission for Scotland and the signatures of its Deputy Chairman and Secretary;


submitted to the Secretary of State for Scotland on 26th May 2010; and


deposited with him at his offices at 1 Melville Crescent, Edinburgh, EH3 7HW.

Amendments to the Scotland Act 1998

3.—(1) Schedule 1 to the 1998 Act is amended as follows.

(2) For paragraph 1(2)(c) substitute—

(c)the constituencies specified in the Scottish Parliament (Constituencies and Regions) Order 2010 (S.I. 2010/2691) (S. 8)..

(3) Paragraph 1(3) ceases to have effect.

(4) For paragraph 2(2) substitute—

(2) The regions are those specified in the Scottish Parliament (Constituencies and Regions) Order 2010..


4.  The constituencies specified for the purposes of paragraph 1(2)(c) of Schedule 1 to the 1998 Act((2)) are those which—

(a)are named in column 1 of the table in Schedule 1 to this Order; and

(b)comprise the areas described for each such constituency in the deposited data.

5.  The constituencies are designated as being either county constituencies or burgh constituencies according to the entry in column 2 of that table opposite each constituency name.


6.  The regions specified for the purposes of paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 1 to the 1998 Act(3) are those which—

(a)are named in column 1 of the table in Schedule 2 to this Order; and

(b)comprise the combined areas of the constituencies mentioned in column 2 of that table opposite the name of each region.

Judith Simpson

Clerk of the Privy Council

Articles 4 and 5

SCHEDULE 1Scottish Parliament Constituencies

(other than Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands constituencies)

Column 1

Constituency Name

Column 2


Aberdeen CentralBurgh
Aberdeen DonsideBurgh
Aberdeen South and North KincardineCounty
Aberdeenshire EastCounty
Aberdeenshire WestCounty
Airdrie and ShottsBurgh
Almond ValleyCounty
Angus North and MearnsCounty
Angus SouthCounty
Argyll and ButeCounty
Banffshire and Buchan CoastCounty
Caithness, Sutherland and RossCounty
Carrick, Cumnock and Doon ValleyCounty
Clackmannanshire and DunblaneCounty
Clydebank and MilngavieCounty
Coatbridge and ChrystonBurgh
Cumbernauld and KilsythCounty
Cunninghame NorthCounty
Cunninghame SouthCounty
Dundee City EastBurgh
Dundee City WestBurgh
East KilbrideBurgh
East LothianCounty
Edinburgh CentralBurgh
Edinburgh EasternBurgh
Edinburgh Northern and LeithBurgh
Edinburgh PentlandsBurgh
Edinburgh SouthernBurgh
Edinburgh WesternBurgh
Na h-Eileanan an IarCounty
Ettrick, Roxburgh and BerwickshireCounty
Falkirk EastCounty
Falkirk WestCounty
Galloway and West DumfriesCounty
Glasgow AnnieslandBurgh
Glasgow CathcartBurgh
Glasgow KelvinBurgh
Glasgow Maryhill and SpringburnBurgh
Glasgow PollokBurgh
Glasgow ProvanBurgh
Glasgow ShettlestonBurgh
Glasgow SouthsideBurgh
Greenock and InverclydeCounty
Hamilton, Larkhall and StonehouseBurgh
Inverness and NairnCounty
Kilmarnock and Irvine ValleyCounty
Mid Fife and GlenrothesCounty
Midlothian North and MusselburghCounty
Midlothian South, Tweeddale and LauderdaleCounty
Motherwell and WishawBurgh
North East FifeCounty
Perthshire NorthCounty
Perthshire South and Kinross-shireCounty
Renfrewshire North and WestCounty
Renfrewshire SouthCounty
Skye, Lochaber and BadenochCounty
Strathkelvin and BearsdenCounty
Uddingston and BellshillBurgh

Article 6

SCHEDULE 2Scottish Parliament Regions

Column 1


Column 2

Constituency Name

Central ScotlandAirdrie and Shotts
Coatbridge and Chryston
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth
East Kilbride
Falkirk East
Falkirk West
Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse
Motherwell and Wishaw
Uddingston and Bellshill
GlasgowGlasgow Anniesland
Glasgow Cathcart
Glasgow Kelvin
Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn
Glasgow Pollok
Glasgow Provan
Glasgow Shettleston
Glasgow Southside
Highlands and IslandsArgyll and Bute
Caithness, Sutherland and Ross
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Inverness and Nairn
Orkney Islands
Shetland Islands
Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch
LothianAlmond Valley
Edinburgh Central
Edinburgh Eastern
Edinburgh Northern and Leith
Edinburgh Pentlands
Edinburgh Southern
Edinburgh Western
Midlothian North and Musselburgh
Mid Scotland and FifeClackmannanshire and Dunblane
Mid Fife and Glenrothes
North East Fife
Perthshire North
Perthshire South and Kinross-shire
North East ScotlandAberdeen Central
Aberdeen Donside
Aberdeen South and North Kincardine
Aberdeenshire East
Aberdeenshire West
Angus North and Mearns
Angus South
Banffshire and Buchan Coast
Dundee City East
Dundee City West
South ScotlandAyr
Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley
East Lothian
Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire
Galloway and West Dumfries
Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley
Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale
West ScotlandClydebank and Milngavie
Cunninghame North
Cunninghame South
Greenock and Inverclyde
Renfrewshire North and West
Renfrewshire South
Strathkelvin and Bearsden


(This note is not part of the Order)

This Order gives effect, without modifications, to the recommendations contained in the Report on the First Periodic Review of Scottish Parliament Boundaries by the Boundary Commission for Scotland dated May 2010. The report is available on the Boundary Commission for Scotland’s website (www.bcomm-scotland.gov.uk) or in hard copy from The Stationery Office (www.tso.co.uk Tel: 0870 600 5522).

The Order defines the name, status and area of 71 of the 73 Scottish Parliament constituencies and the name and area of each Scottish Parliament region. (The Orkney Islands constituency and the Shetland Islands constituency are not included in the Order because Schedule 1 to the Scotland Act 1998 provides for them directly.)

The Order comes into force on the day after it is made (article 1(2)). It does not affect the return of any member to the Parliament or its constitution until the Parliament is dissolved (paragraph 6(7) of Schedule 1 to the 1998 Act). It does apply to any proceedings which occur before dissolution but which relate to a poll which will take place after dissolution.

The 71 constituencies are named and defined by article 4 read together with Schedule 1. The area of each constituency is described in geographical information system data stored on a set of DVD-ROMs. Copies of the DVD-ROMs are deposited with the Boundary Commission for Scotland (see their website for contact details). Maps of the boundaries are available on the Boundary Commission for Scotland’s website and hard copies can be requested by writing to the Commission. The local government wards (and part wards) which fall within the constituencies are listed in the appendices to the Boundary Commission’s report. Indicative maps of the constituencies are included in this note, grouped by council area as follows:-

Each constituency is (by article 5 and Schedule 1) given the status of a burgh constituency or a county constituency. That status is relevant to the application of rules governing the conduct of elections to the Scottish Parliament (provided for under section 12 of the 1998 Act).

The regions are named and defined by article 6 read together with Schedule 2. An indicative map of the regions is included at the end of this note.

Article 3 amends Schedule 1 to the 1998 Act so that the constituencies and regions are defined by reference to this Order.

An impact assessment has not been produced for this instrument as no impact on business or the private or voluntary sector is foreseen.


1998 c. 46; Schedule 1 was substituted by the Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Act 2004 (c.13), section 1 and has effect subject to the modifications in Schedule 2 to that Act. In terms of section 1(2) and (3) of that Act, those modifications are to apply until section 16 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (c. 41) is commenced. Section 16 was repealed by the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 (c. 20), Schedule 7, Part 3.


Paragraph 1(2)(c) is substituted by article 3 of this Order.


Paragraph 2(2) is substituted by article 3 of this Order.