"No blank cheque for HS2"

DEFRA Questions

There should be no diminution in the environmental protections for the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to give “a blank cheque” to HS2 Ltd, Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP said in the House of Commons this morning.

Speaking before the House is Dissolved to begin the General Election campaign, Mrs Gillan said “ European environmental regulations have been very helpful in holding the feet of HS2 Ltd to the fire.”

Cheryl Gillan asked DEFRA Secretary of State, Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, to “allow no diminution of environmental protections” for areas like the Chilterns upon exiting the EU, which would give a “blank cheque” to companies like HS2 Ltd which could cause environmental damage to the protected areas.

The Secretary of State replied: “The Government is committed to the highest environmental standards.”

Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP said “It was important to raise this essential issue in the last chance to question the Secretary of State before this session of Parliament ends. This is something which affects all my constituents who, like me, want to protect the Chilterns from environmental damage.”


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