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Representation of the People Act 1949


Representation of the People Act 1949

Representation of the People Act, 1949
Chapter 12, 13 & 14 Geo. 6 c. 68
Royal Assent 24 November 1949
Other legislation
Related legislation House of Commons (Redistribution of Seats) Act 1949
Repealing legislation Representation of the People Act 1983
Status: Repealed

The Representation of the People Act 1949 was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The Act consolidated previous electoral law, but also made some changes to administration.

The principal change was to provide for the conduct of future reviews of Parliamentary boundaries by the permanent Parliamentary Boundary Commissions. The Act also abolished the terms 'Parliamentary Borough' and 'Parliamentary County', renaming them 'Borough constituency' and 'County constituency', abolished the university constituencies, and removed a requirement that the City of London form its own constituency. The Boundary Commissions were instructed to review all boundaries within 3-7 years from the Act coming into force, and thereafter to review the boundaries periodically.

In addition the Act made some changes to the franchise, removing the remaining provisions allowing plural voting by people who owned business premises. From this point forward, there was a single electoral register for both local government and Parliamentary elections and each voter was only allowed to vote once in any general election even if they happened to be registered in more than one address for local elections.


  • D. J. Rossiter, Ronald John Johnston, C. J. Pattie, "The Boundary Commissions: redrawing the UK's map of parliamentary constituencies", Manchester University Press, 1999, p. 87-90.
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