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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:00 pm on 7th September 2016.

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Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Labour, Kingston upon Hull North 7:00 pm, 7th September 2016

Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I have listened carefully to what you have said. I also congratulate my hon. Friend Kate Hoey on her speech and on the questions that she has asked. We all deserve to get answers to them. I appreciate that London is the capital city and that it rightly gets more money as a result, but I recently learned that the new Crossrail station at Canary Wharf was costing £500 million —and getting a roof garden; there is obviously a thing about gardens going on—which is more than double the cost of what my city of Hull needs for rail electrification and for all the road transport schemes that we have been arguing for for many years. It would therefore be helpful if the Minister told us what prospect there is of closing the gap, given the ratio of 6:1 in relation to funding for London compared with other parts of the United Kingdom. That seems quite out of kilter, especially if the Government really are committed to the northern powerhouse and to rebalancing the spend on infrastructure all around the country.