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Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee

Regulations on proposals made by Boundaries Scotland

The Committee considered draft laws on changes to how communities are represented in six council areas. These local authorities all contain inhabited islands and are:

  • Highland Council
  • Argyll and Bute Council
  • North Ayrshire Council
  • Shetland Islands Council
  • Orkney Islands Council
  • Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council)

Your views

The Committee asked residents of Orkney, Shetland, Highland, Western Isles, Argyll and Bute and North Ayrshire for their views on the recent Boundaries Scotland reviews and recommendations on electoral arrangements in their areas.

The survey closed on 17 September 2021.

Read a summary of responses to the questionnaire


Find out more about this inquiry

The Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 says Boundaries Scotland must look at the boundaries for the six councils. Boundaries Scotland made suggestions to the Scottish Government in 2021. We have provided links to each of the final reports for each council area.

Read the report on the Na h-Eileanan an Iar Council Area

Read the report on the Orkney Islands Council Area

Read the report on the Shetland Islands Council Area

Report the report on Highland Council Area

Report the report on the Argyll and Bute Council Area

Read the report on the North Ayrshire Council Area

Boundaries Scotland asked people what they thought of the proposals. 

Read the responses they received


Find out about how legislation could be impacted by this inquiry


Tuesday 14 September 2021 


Tuesday 21 September 2021

Boundaries Scotland

Tuesday 28 September 2021

Deputy First Minister, John Swinney MSP


Review of Electoral Arrangements for the Highland Council Area

Letter from Highland Council, 9 September 2021

The North Ayrshire Electoral Arrangements Regulations 2021

Letter to the Convener from Craig Hatton, Chief Executive and Returning Officer,  North Ayrshire Council, 13 September 2021

Boundaries Scotland Changes – Highlands

Letter from Edward Mountain MSP to the Convener, 27 September 2021


A report by the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee on electoral arrangement regulations considered on 28 September 2021.

Report on the Electoral Arrangements Regulations (194KB)

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