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High Speed 2 — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (12 Sep 2018)

Bill Cash: There is a real problem—a potential scandal—about the issue of where the spoil will go. Is it going to be used properly? Can it be used? The other thing that I will write to the Minister about—I hope she will send me a reply—is to do with boreholes in the Whitmore and Baldwin’s Gate area. I have some serious questions about the viability of the proposed tunnel work.

High Speed 2 — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (12 Sep 2018)

Bill Cash: I beg to move, That this House has considered High Speed 2. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth. Today I am calling for the scrapping of HS2. Coincidentally, today there is a ComRes poll in the Express, of which I have just been made aware, which shows that 67% of British adults do not think HS2 would benefit them personally at all, 61% think it is poor value for...

High Speed 2 — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (12 Sep 2018)

Bill Cash: I endorse what my hon. Friend has said about what is an extremely good idea and fits in with the opinion poll I mentioned. I am extremely glad that he voted against HS2, and sorry that I did not mention that earlier.

High Speed 2 — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (12 Sep 2018)

Bill Cash: I am extremely glad to hear that. I am sorry that I did not mention that in my opening remarks. Although he is an Opposition Member, I pay tribute to the wisdom of the hon. Gentleman. I and the other people I mentioned are concerned about not only the concept, but the manner in which HS2 Ltd has dealt with the issues, as I have said in the petition that I and others deposited, and as I have...

High Speed 2 — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (12 Sep 2018)

Bill Cash: My hon. Friend is a valiant supporter of the Government. He chaired the Select Committee on the hybrid Bill and I pay tribute to the way in which he sought to deal with the problems that cropped up during the proceedings. However, there would be no need for compensation if there was not an HS2 project. I do not think the opinions polls that I referred to feature people who have been affected...

High Speed 2 — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (12 Sep 2018)

Bill Cash: That in itself is a complete tragedy. I totally endorse everything that my right hon. Friend said. The project has caused an enormous amount of anxiety and stress. I have friends and constituents who have literally been made physically ill as a result. Not only is it a catastrophic exercise in maladministration and failure to cost things properly, as I will mention, but it has caused anxiety...

High Speed 2 — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (12 Sep 2018)

Bill Cash: As I expected, the hon. Gentleman makes another extremely sound point. The reality is that people are affected by the indirect consequences. People talk about the number of jobs being created. I will come on to that as well, because many other projects could be put in place that would create an equal or greater number of jobs.

High Speed 2 — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (12 Sep 2018)

Bill Cash: That is an extremely important point. I am sure that those listening to the debate will take note of it, as will the Minister. Those linked to the construction of the project—the brainchild of no less a genius than the hapless Lord Adonis—seem to admit that there has never been a structured estimate of costs for phase 1 of the track. Mr Tim Smart, the chief engineer, told the High Speed...

High Speed 2 — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (12 Sep 2018)

Bill Cash: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The whole concept is completely flawed. In addition, if we travel down from our constituencies in Staffordshire—from Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton or wherever—it takes around one hour 20 minutes or less. We do not need to travel at any greater speed than that. As I have already pointed out, HS2 is not even going to connect with Birmingham New Street. It...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Entering or remaining in a designated area (11 Sep 2018)

Bill Cash: My right hon. Friend and I have had quite a lot of discussions on this issue. I have also had discussions with the former Home Secretary, now Prime Minister, on the subject as long ago as 2015. The Minister knows what I am going to say, because I gave a speech during the proceedings of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 on 6 January 2015—more than three years ago—on whether we...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Entering or remaining in a designated area (11 Sep 2018)

Bill Cash: Will the Minister allow me one further point? I had referred to the international convention, article 8 of which clearly states that if a person who is effectively in a designated area under the new clause has sworn allegiance to, or acted in a manner such that he is giving his allegiance to, another state and is also saying by implication that he no longer regards himself as a British...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Bill Cash: If we look around the European Union—at Italy and, most recently, Sweden—many if not most of the other countries are voting with their feet against the restriction on their right to make their own decisions in their own Parliaments.

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Bill Cash: Will my right hon. Friend remind the hon. Lady and the House that a pamphlet was put out by the Government during the referendum campaign that explicitly said, “This decision will be yours”? There was no question of its being decided by Members of Parliament. We operate by a system of parliamentary government, not government by Parliament.

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Bill Cash: Of course, there is a simple reason for that. First, Germany calls all the shots in the European Union; and secondly, it hides behind the euro currency and therefore has an enormous trade advantage, as Mr Trump has identified. That is demonstrated by Office for National Statistics figures that show that we run a deficit with the EU27 member states of about £80 billion, and Germany has a...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Bill Cash: I have made the point today—I have made it in previous debates—that it would not be satisfactory at all to accept the Chequers proposals. I shall explain why in relation to the particular arrangements under the White Paper. First, while the White Paper contemplates saving the European Communities Act 1972 only during the implementation period, there are some very specific instances in...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Bill Cash: That is part of the same problem. I am afraid that there are some really very difficult questions that Ministers and the Government have to answer. I put all this to the Prime Minister immediately after 6 July, when the Chequers proposals came through. I questioned whether we could in fact reconcile the Chequers proposals with the European Communities Act 1972, and the reality is that we...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Bill Cash: That is completely true. I am very concerned about the suggestion that the Chequers proposals somehow or other end up creating more certainty—it is just not the case.

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Bill Cash: I am bound to say that the system in this House involved much more transparency. For example, we do not have decisions taken by Parliaments that are determined by proportional representation. We do not have a system under which there are no transcripts of the proceedings. In this House, the Bills that go through Parliament set out all the provisions, and all legislation is subject to...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Bill Cash: I do not know whether the hon. Gentleman was in the House at the time, but it may be of some interest to him that I made this very point on 18 July, just as the House was about to rise for recess, because there is a real inconsistency. After all, the White Paper came out on 12 July, yet the European Union (Withdrawal) Act, including the repeal of the 1972 Act in section 1, went through only...


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