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Cabinet Office written question – answered on 17th January 2019.

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Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb Chair, Science and Technology Committee (Commons), Chair, Science and Technology Committee (Commons)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which (a) towns or cities and (b) other bodies have sought permission from his Department to use the word Royal in a proposed name since 1 January 2014; and which of those requests for permission have been (i) approved and (ii) refused.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Minister of State (Cabinet Office)

Use of the protected title ‘Royal’ is conferred by the Queen acting on the advice of

Ministers. No grants to towns and cities have been made since 2014

Details of the applications are not disclosed to protect their confidentiality, however the

number of applications received by the Cabinet Office for all protected titles including

those containing the word ‘Royal’, was 906 in 2018. The Cabinet Office objected to 107 of

these, issued a non-objection to 703 and approved 14. The remaining cases are still being

considered or were closed without a resolution.

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