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Part of High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill – in the House of Commons at 7:00 pm on 15th July 2019.

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Photo of Owen Paterson Owen Paterson Conservative, North Shropshire 7:00 pm, 15th July 2019

I am going to come to that in a minute. I am wholly amazed by the revelations from my neighbour, my hon. Friend Antoinette Sandbach, and I look forward to the Minister’s comments on that, because I was really shocked by what my hon. Friend said. Given my experience of having a series of meetings with HS2 officials, all of which have been—at face value—thoroughly satisfactory and an open exchange of views, but have got absolutely nowhere, it now appears that there might some other reasons why that is. Given what she is saying, I cannot find out why, so if she presses her amendment, which I very much hope she does, I would like to hear from the Minister whether the Government will accept it. If they do not, I will be very happy to vote in favour of it. My hon. Friend has flushed out a most serious issue.