No separate inquiry into HS2

28 October 2010

Contrary to claims made in a press notice issued earlier today by Tony Baldry MP to some regional and national media,  the Transport Committee has NOT agreed to undertake a new enquiry into HS2.

Transport Committee has agreed to call HS2 to give oral evidence as part of its ongoing inquiry into Transport &  the Economy  

This inquiry is currently examining the relationship between transport spending and economic growth at both a national and regional level.

HS2 has been asked to give evidence to this inquiry as an example of a major long term infrastructure investment currently under consideration.

Commenting on Mr Baldry’s press release Louise Ellman, Chair of Transport committee added, “The Transport Committee has a long and informed interest in HS2 and has already taken evidence on this topic at various points during several recent inquires. As any Member of the House should not fail to appreciate, a Select Committee is independent and takes it own decisions about when to hold an inquiry or whom to call for evidence. As I shall remind Mr Baldry, it cannot help the cause of any single interest group to make misleading claims about their ability to ‘bounce’ a Select Committee into addressing particular concerns. ”

Correspondence between a committee chair and another Member is a  private matter. Ms Ellman will be writing to Mr Baldry to make plain her views on his conduct.


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