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High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:26 pm on 26th June 2013.

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Photo of Patrick McLoughlin Patrick McLoughlin The Secretary of State for Transport 2:26 pm, 26th June 2013

I hope the hon. Gentleman does not mind my pointing out that I met a delegation before Christmas. I have met one delegation and I am happy to have another meeting with the hon. Gentleman on the same issue. I recognise that the council has changed its position and I look forward to his changing his position as well.

Today marks an important milestone in the progress of HS2. We must keep it to time and budget, and minimise the impact on residents, the environment and the landscape. We can do that and we need to do that because HS2 is an engine for growth: growth in jobs, growth in opportunities for business and growth in the global race. HS2 is a project for our generation. Now is the time to make it happen. I commend the Bill to the House.