CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

TRANSPORT – HIGH-SPEED RAIL – 10 January 2012

Dr Julian Lewis: The previous Secretary of State for Transport is now running Defence, where we are implementing major cuts in each of the armed services. Does this Secretary of State understand why those of us who are concerned about other areas of Government wonder whether these priorities are not rather perverse in the present economic situation?

[The Secretary of State for Transport (Justine Greening): I absolutely want to see the investment in our armed forces that we need for our country, but we also have to make sure that we look to the future for our transport system and the role that it plays in helping our economy to prosper, grow and create jobs. That is what today's announcement is all about.]