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Infrastructure Bill [Lords]

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons at 3:57 pm on 8th December 2014.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Minister of State (Department for Transport) 3:57 pm, 8th December 2014

The House has had no greater advocate of the interests of communities in respect of shale gas exploration than Mark Menzies, who has brought their concerns to the notice of the House on at least two occasions. When I was Energy Minister, I debated those issues with him twice from the Dispatch Box. I made clear then, and I repeat now, that I am absolutely determined that these things should be done safely and properly, and in tune with the interests of the communities that are affected. That commitment lies at the heart of the Government’s approach, as the hon. Lady should know. I do not want to fall out with her, but she can, I hope, see that my determination—to do the right thing and the safe thing—at least matches hers