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Part of High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill – in the House of Commons at 4:30 pm on 15th July 2019.

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Photo of Michael Fabricant Michael Fabricant Conservative, Lichfield 4:30 pm, 15th July 2019

I totally agree with the hon. Lady: she is absolutely right about there being a need for a Crossrail in the north because the east-west communications are so bad, but I just want to ask her one thing. She is quite right to say that investment in the capital programme of HS2 will generate jobs and skills, which we so much need, but she also says it will create employment opportunities afterwards; does she not fear that Britain might go down the French route whereby jobs are in fact sucked south into London rather than being generated in the north?