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Urban Areas: Royal Charters

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 21st March 2018.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the criteria are for a town to gain city status.

Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, Assistant Whip

City status is a rare distinction conferred by the Queen acting on the advice of ministers. When a competition for city status is held, criteria are not specified as the qualities which towns possess are extremely varied and every application is judged on its merits.

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