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Business of the House (No. 1): High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill: Select Committee (29 Apr 2014)

Frank Dobson: Does the right hon. Gentleman share my view that we can take some comfort from the thought that each of the 50 of us who voted for the amendment was voting against £1 billion?

Business of the House (No. 1): High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill: Select Committee (29 Apr 2014)

Frank Dobson: I welcome the opportunity to speak in this debate as the right hon. Member for Holborn and St Pancras. I think some people think that the St Pancras part of the constituency name refers to the station, but it refers to the parish of St Pancras, which has two St Pancras churches. We also have three major main line stations: St Pancras, King’s Cross and Euston. The history of what has been...

Business of the House (No. 1): High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill: Select Committee (29 Apr 2014)

Frank Dobson: The next question is this: does the business restriction apply to the association of businesses in Drummond street? The Minister might not know the answer to that—I would not necessarily expect him to know that.

Business of the House (No. 1): High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill: Select Committee (29 Apr 2014)

Frank Dobson: I am grateful for that clarification, but I am sorry about the direction of it.

Business of the House (No. 1): High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill: Select Committee (29 Apr 2014)

Frank Dobson: I entirely share the hon. Gentleman’s views about that. I am glad that Camden council is organising workshops for individuals and small businesses and making its best efforts to ensure that their petitions are in order and, in some cases, that the £20 is handed over and logged, and then passed to me, so that I can personally hand it in, in the hope that their petitions will be valid. That...

Business of the House (No. 1): High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill: Select Committee (29 Apr 2014)

Frank Dobson: I understand that; my question is this. Let us suppose the matter comes back to the House and the House as a whole wishes to change things in some way that affects people. Will those affected then have the opportunity to petition against those changes?

Business of the House (No. 1): High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill: Select Committee (29 Apr 2014)

Frank Dobson: I thank the Minister for that; I am 99% reassured. As the Minister knows, the Bill’s proposals for Euston have been abandoned—or are to be abandoned—and are to be replaced. The engineering and other studies have only just commenced. My next question to the Minister is whether he can confirm that when the new proposals for Euston are formulated, they will be subject to the usual...

Business of the House (No. 1): High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill: Select Committee (29 Apr 2014)

Frank Dobson: I welcome that reassurance. I am particularly concerned, too, about the statutory and non-statutory provisions for compensation. Outside London, some people whose homes will not be demolished but whose property and general lifestyle will be adversely affected by a railway perhaps 50 yards away will be compensated, which I think is right. The situation in my constituency, however, is that...

Business of the House (No. 1): High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill: Select Committee (29 Apr 2014)

Frank Dobson: I hear my hon. Friend the Member for West Ham (Lyn Brown). It has just occurred to me that if HS2 did that and it went to Stratford, the most famous Englishman of all time might have ended up in a different Stratford from the one in which he was born and brought up. I think that would be a welcome move. I would ask anyone who thinks that we are going to see successful use of a travelator...

Business of the House (No. 1): High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill: Select Committee (29 Apr 2014)

Frank Dobson: Does the right hon. Lady recognise that some of the organisations that are said to have advised the Department or HS2 are not necessarily on quite the same lines as the Department or HS2? For instance, we were told that the Institution of Civil Engineers had provided advice on the HS1-HS2 link. It had indeed, but it turns out that it advised against the link. That bit was not mentioned.

Business of the House (No. 1): High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill: Select Committee (29 Apr 2014)

Frank Dobson: Can the Minister explain why there is a £20 fee? HS2 Ltd, which is spending hundreds of millions of pounds on consultants, does not have to make any contribution to the cost of running the House, so why should individuals? Certainly, for some of the individuals in my constituency who will see their homes demolished, £20 is a rather large part of their weekly income.

Business of the House (No. 1): High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill: Select Committee (29 Apr 2014)

Frank Dobson: Much as I welcome the dropping of the preposterous HS2-HS1 link, as do all the people whose lives would have been ruined by it, in view of the fact that until about three weeks ago HS2 was saying that there was no possibility of dropping the link, no one in the area believes a word that HS2 says. I warn the Minister of that. The motion says that the Committee shall not hear a petition if it...

Speaker’s Statement: High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill (28 Apr 2014)

Frank Dobson: In the ridiculously short time available, I will have to confine my remarks to the impact on my constituency. I should point out the ridiculous situation whereby the hybrid Bill before the House proposes major works in my constituency, none of which the Government now intend to carry out. The Bill also provides for a link from HS2 to HS1. That ridiculous proposal has been abandoned...

Speaker’s Statement: High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill (28 Apr 2014)

Frank Dobson: No, I do not think I should. If the Government insist on Euston, local people want the new station to be designed to fit within the curtilage of the existing station. HS2 has failed to properly appraise such alternatives, including the double-deck down design put forward by local professionals, who also want the bulk of the space created above the station to be devoted to housing that local...

Speaker’s Statement: High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill (28 Apr 2014)

Frank Dobson: I welcome what my hon. Friend has said. Will she bear it in mind that the investment in the Francis Crick Institute, which is a biomedical research centre, is just over £300 million? I believe that it represents a bigger contribution to the future of this country than spending £50 billion on a railway.

Speaker’s Statement: High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill (28 Apr 2014)

Frank Dobson: I very much welcome the Secretary of State’s praise for the two brilliant stations in my constituency, one of which was started and finished under the Labour Government and the other of which was started under the Labour Government. Will he confirm that according to the documents of HS2 and his Department, Euston will be able to provide extra capacity only if there is investment in...

Speaker’s Statement: High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill (28 Apr 2014)

Frank Dobson: King’s Cross and St Pancras are both in my constituency. They had the support of the local council, the support of the local MP and the overwhelming support of local people, even those directly affected. That is not the case with the proposals for Euston.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: European Council and Nuclear Security Summit (26 Mar 2014)

Frank Dobson: Alexander Litvinenko died in University College hospital having been murdered by the agencies of the Russian Government. The British Government’s response to that so far has been to prevent the establishment of a proper inquest. Will the Prime Minister now demonstrate that he believes in the rule of law here and that that inquest should be started, and carried out thoroughly and completely?

Amendment of the Law (24 Mar 2014)

Frank Dobson: I wish to speak about a huge sum that was not mentioned in the Budget statement, but will loom large over Chancellors of the Exchequer in years to come: the £50 billion that is committed to the building of High Speed 2. To put that amount in perspective, it is about what we spend on our entire school system each year. Both the Higgins and Deighton reports on HS2, which were recently produced...

Amendment of the Law (24 Mar 2014)

Frank Dobson: I agree that those criticisms do not undermine the philosophical side of things, but it is the practicalities that people are bothered about. Most of the concern arises from the fact that the various institutions have been giving people a bad deal on annuities and that, unless they actually go out of business, they are likely to be offering the products that are the alternative to annuities....


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