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Sunday, 18 September 2011

MPs to Debate HS2 on October 13th

A debate about HS2 will take place in the main chamber of the House of Commons on October 13th.

Business commences at 10.30am. The HS2 debate is backbenchers item 4 (at the end of the sesssion). The schedule for the day is here:
House of Commons schedule for October 13th

And presumably reported in full, live, on the BBC Parliament channel.

This is from the Coventry Telegraph:
North Warwickshire MP Dan Byles says he is delighted that a full Parliamentary debate will be held over the High Speed Rail project. The Tory politician has been regularly lobbying the Backbench Business Committee for the scheme to be debated in the Commons and it has now been added to the agenda for October 13. Mr Byles said:

“We have debated HS2 in Westminster Hall before, but I have long
argued that this issue is so important that it requires an urgent debate in the main chamber.

“We now have that, and I will be using the opportunity to highlight my strong concerns, and those of many of my constituents, that the business case for HS2 simply does not stand up to scrutiny and the project does not represent value for money.

"This debate also represents an opportunity to raise awareness among MPs from parts of the country not directly affected by the line, of the shortcomings of HS2 and the flaws in the business case.

"Every household in the country will be paying for this project, so it is extremely important that we widen the discussion to include all MPs and not just those with constituencies on the line."