National Express East Coast Franchise

Part of Bill Presented — Sustainable Energy (Local Plans) Bill – in the House of Commons at 7:53 pm on 1st July 2009.

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Photo of John Battle John Battle Labour, Leeds West 7:53 pm, 1st July 2009

I thank the Minister for his statement and welcome the Government's action. My city of Leeds is highly dependent on a link with London, not least because it is this country's second financial and commercial centre. We have taken a hit from the banking crisis, and without that link to London our city would find it difficult to recover. Will the Minister assure us that there will be no reduction in services, and that in the short term there could also be a review of high prices, to ensure that people have a chance to use the line?

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