High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill

Part of Speaker’s Statement – in the House of Commons at 9:13 pm on 28th April 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Slaughter Andrew Slaughter Shadow Minister (Justice) 9:13 pm, 28th April 2014

My hon. Friend mentions clause 50, but clause 47 allows the Secretary of State, willy-nilly, to take land where he sees an opportunity for regeneration or development of that land. As far as I can see, that gives him carte blanche to do whatever he feels right, whether or not that is in the interests of the railway.