Thank you for your email.
There are about 100 MPs who are on the projected HS2 route and I believe it is up to them to assess the benefits of greater capacity and connectivity of HS2 against other different issues like the landscape and nature.
In the same way it is up to us Gloucestershire MPs to lead on eg the A417 and Air Balloon issue – I would not welcome someone else from far away for deciding what was appropriate or not appropriate for us.
Hope that makes sense. I have a responsibility to make sure I believe the overall benefits make sense – I do – but is up to those who live along the route to make the detailed scrutiny of proposals.
So it is unlikely that I’ll be there for this debate.
Thank you for writing to me about it though.