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PE01392: City status by right of Ancient Prescriptive Usage

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Petitioner: Robert McEwan


Date Lodged: 08 June 2011

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to make representations to the UK Government to make Scotland equal to other parts of the United Kingdom in having ‘Ancient Prescriptive Usage’ accepted as a parameter for acceptance of the right for the many ancient towns of Scotland previously known as cities, to have the style and status of city restored.

Petition History:


28 June 2011: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government seeking responses to points raised in the petition and during the discussion. Link to Official Report 28 June 2011 (512KB pdf)

1 November 2011: The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 on the grounds that the petitioner and others have made direct representations to the UK Government over a period of years which have been unsuccessful and that the Scottish Government does not propose to make representations to the UK Government on the matter as it does not believe there is a compelling reason to adopt this practice in Scotland. Link to Official Report 1 November 2011 (442KB pdf) 

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