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High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:12 pm on 26th June 2013.

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Photo of Andrea Leadsom Andrea Leadsom Conservative, South Northamptonshire 5:12 pm, 26th June 2013

I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend, and I am not denying that any railway line or other infrastructure will bring growth. I am saying that the critical differentiator is whether the line brings more growth and jobs than something else, and that is where the case for HS2 is not proven.