HC Deb 19 January 1993 vol 217 c231W
Mr. McMaster

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what criteria are applied in determining applications by Scottish towns for city status; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

City status in Scotland, which has no statutory significance, derives from royal charters granted by the Monarch. There are no formal criteria. No such charter has been granted for over a century.

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