McLoughlin defends HS2 budget

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Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, has defended the High Speed 2 rail project budget during questioning from MPs on 12 September 2013.

On Wednesday, a report by KPMG suggested the HS2 rail project could boost the UK economy by £15bn a year.

Mr McLoughlin insisted that the project's budget was being "tightly monitored" by government.

He later added that it was "absolutely essential" that investment continued in the present rail network alongside the development of HS2.

Shadow transport minister Lilian Greenwood agreed that a new north-south rail line is "vital" to tackle current capacity restraints.

Other topics covered included research into pot hole repair methods, the re-privatisation of the East Coast inter-city rail franchise, and potential closure of the DVLA office in Coleraine.

Questions were also be put to the leader of the House, Andrew Lansley, and representatives of the House of Commons Commission.

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