[Mr. Eric Martlew in the Chair] — Eco-towns

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:30 am on 3rd June 2008.

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Photo of Anne McIntosh Anne McIntosh Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) 9:30 am, 3rd June 2008

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that intervention. There are two separate issues. First, the democratic process has been completely flouted. There has been a flawed consultation process and neither parliamentarians, local residents nor those elected to represent them in local councils have access to the information. The second issue, as my hon. Friend Michael Fabricant said, is why these towns will not be sustainable and the fact that they are not environmentally friendly. Interestingly, if the chosen sites were all in Labour heartlands, one would have some sympathy with the Government's point of view and policy. However, all but three sites are in Conservative-held constituencies.