Parliamentary Boundaries Act 1832

Parliamentary Boundaries Act, 1832[1]

Long title An Act to settle and describe the Divisions of Counties, and the Limits of Cities and Boroughs in England and Wales, in so far as respects the Election of Members to serve in Parliament.
Citation 2 & 3 Will. 4 c. 64
Royal assent 11 July 1832
Other legislation
Repealed by Statute Law Revision Act 1950
Status: Repealed

The Parliamentary Boundaries Act 1832 was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which defined the parliamentary divisions (constituencies) in England and Wales required by the Reform Act 1832.

Sections 1 to 25 of the Act defined the divisions of those larger counties of England which under the Reform Act were to be divided into two divisions. This did not include the 7 counties which were to return 3 members each.

Sections 26 and 27 and Schedule M dealt with detached parts of counties. It provided that most detached parts (identified in Schedule M) were to form part of the parliamentary county and division in which they were geographically located, rather than of the county to which they otherwise formed a part. Section 28 provided that liberties and other places with a separate jurisdiction (but not the counties corporate of Bristol, Exeter, Lichfield, Norwich, or Nottingham) were to be included in the county and division in which they were geographically located.

Sections 29 to 34 prescribed polling districts and polling places within each constituency.

Sections 35 to 37 and Schedule O defined the boundaries of each parliamentary borough.


  1. Short title as conferred by s. 1 of the Short Titles Act 1896; the modern convention for the citation of short titles omits the comma after the word "Act".

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