First-time Buyers

Part of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities – in the House of Commons at on 16 October 2023.

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Photo of Anthony Browne Anthony Browne Conservative, South Cambridgeshire

I welcome the new “young” Minister to his post. I want to attach myself to tributes to his predecessor, my hon. Friend Dehenna Davison, who is sitting next to me.

Last week, a freedom of information request showed that the Lib Dem-Labour controlled Greater Cambridge Partnership, which handles city deal money in my constituency, spent £4.7 million developing plans for a congestion charge that was then dropped because it was opposed basically by everyone. It also spent £16.5 million on the Cambridge South East Transport bus route, also now dropped, and £18 million on new car parks, none of which are actually open. That is a total so far of £160 million on transport projects, and virtually none of them functioning. It is now asking the Government for £200 million more. It is no wonder that in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire, people think that the Greater Cambridge Partnership is unelected, unaccountable and a waste of public money. Does the Minister agree that we have to ensure public value for money? Will he meet me to talk about the details?