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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:23 pm on 17th July 2017.

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Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Secretary of State for Transport 10:23 pm, 17th July 2017

The taxpayers are paying the bill, but believe me the Treasury keeps a pretty careful watch on public spending and I have no doubt that it will be keeping a very weather eye on those costs, as will all the various bodies that look at public procurement projects and public construction projects. We have a good recent track record in delivering major projects on time and on budget—people have only to look at Crossrail to see that. We should be self-confident as a nation and say that we can do this. Why would it be the case that other countries can deliver projects such as this and for us to think we cannot—I think we can.