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Frequently Asked Questions - Maps

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These Frequently Asked Questions provide information about us and our work. If you cannot find the answer you are looking for in the sections above, contact us using the details at the bottom left of each page.

Can I buy a map of a constituency?
Not from us. Instead, we have made PDF files of constituencies available to download so you can print it yourself. We have also made shape files available to download so that, if you ahve access to approriate software, you can make your own maps of constituencies.

Can I view maps of constituencies on your website?
You can use our Map Browser to look at both current and past constituency boundaries against a map background. The map background can be made very detailed, showing individual street names.

What about printable maps?
You can print from our Map Browser. Alternatively, there are PDF maps of all current constituencies available from the Maps section of this website. Some of the PDF files are large, so have a look at the questions in the Technical section of these Frequently Asked Questions for advice on how to download and view them.

Are there other online sources of maps?
Another source on the Web of maps showing constituencies is Ordnance Survey's Election Maps website (www.election-maps.co.uk) which is designed to help the understanding of the electoral geography of the United Kingdom. Users can select from a variety of administrative and electoral boundaries that can be overlaid on a mapping background. The mapping background can be made very detailed, showing individual street names.

Have you got maps of constituencies from the past?
We have maps available of past constituencies resulting from our reviews. These are UK Parliament constituencies since 1950, Scottish Parliament constitutencies and regions since 1999, and European Parliament constituencies from 1979 to 1999. The reports and legislation which defined those constituencies are available in the Past Reviews pages of this website.

Can I republish or reuse one of the maps on your website?
The maps on our website are joint copyright between us and Ordnance Survey. Our content can be re-used under the Open Government Licence, as detailed in our copyright page. Before doing so, you will also need to get agreement from Ordnance Survey for the use of its material. Ordnance Survey has a helpline on 08456 05 05 05 and customerservices@ordnancesurvey.co.uk who will be able to advise on how to do this.

Can you print a large map for me?
We make PDF files of our maps available so anyone can print their own copy. If you want a larger map than you can print yourself, we suggest you take the PDF file to a printer for them to do the work. Before doing so, you will also need to get agreement from Ordnance Survey for the use of its material. Ordnance Survey has a helpline on 08456 05 05 05 and customerservices@ordnancesurvey.co.uk who will be able to advise on how to do this.

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