HC Deb 09 November 1999 vol 337 cc508-9W
21. Mr. Alexander

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the granting of city status to Scottish towns. [96366]

22. Mrs. Irene Adams

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recommendations he has made to the Home Secretary regarding Scottish towns bidding for city status. [96367]

Dr. Reid

The competition for city status has attracted bids from four Scottish towns. Each of the towns has put in a good bid and each is deserving of further consideration. They all have unique qualities, including rich histories and Royal connections. I was particularly struck by their quality and the degree of local support they have each generated. I think it right that all four bids should have the opportunity to compete in the final stages, and I have therefore, indicated my support, to the Home Secretary, for all Scottish bids.