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Clause 1

Part of Business Rate Supplements Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:30 am on 27th January 2009.

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Photo of Dan Rogerson Dan Rogerson Opposition Whip (Commons), Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) 11:30 am, 27th January 2009

The Minister is accurately setting out the position of my party and, I believe, of the Conservatives, except in one respect. He just said that the ballot requirement should not apply to London, but that is not what our proposal says; it says that it should not apply to Crossrail. At some point in the future, when Crossrail has been funded and we are all happily taking trains through the heart of London, if other projects emerge, they should be subject to a ballot in the same way. We were specific about saying Crossrail, not London.