Coventry HS2 campaigner calls for government transparency

An anti-HS2 campaigner from Coventry is calling for greater government transparency after the Transport Secretary decided not to allow a report on the project to be made public.

Government: "Not in the public interest to release this report"

An anti-HS2 campaigner from Coventry is calling for greater Government transparency after the Transport Secretary decided not to allow a report on the project to be made public.

It's thought the Major Projects Authority report raises questions about the timetable for the HS2 project and its cost implications.

The Government says:

“This Government is proud to lead the world on transparency...... .

.....Hard-working people rightly expect the Government to keep tight control over how their taxes are spent on major projects and that's just what the Government's Major Projects Authority is working with departments to do.

It's important to strike a balance between the benefits of transparency and protecting the ability of officials to 'speak truth to power'.

The Major Projects Authority will not be truly effective if officials fear that their frank advice to ministers could be disclosed.

The Government has decided that it is not in the public interest to release this report."

– Department for Transport Spokesperson

Coventry HS2 campaigner calls for Government transparency

Coventry HS2 campaigner calls for government transparency Credit: PA

An anti-HS2 campaigner from Coventry is calling for greater Government transparency after the Transport Secretary decided not to allow a report on the project to be made public.

It's thought the Major Projects Authority report raises questions about the timetable for the HS2 project and its cost implications.

On Thursday Patrick McLoughlin decided to use secrecy laws to prevent it being published.

Dr Paul Thornton from Kenilworth near Coventry believes MPs should have as much information as possible made available to them before they vote on issues relating to HS2.

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