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Blears rejects Fabricant's invitation to tour brownfield sites together on their motorbikes

Michael Fabricant MP: Will the Secretary of State come, too, to places such as Burntwood and Chasetown and see how important it is to regenerate such areas? Housing on brownfield sites could be built to the highest ecological standards. Will she also come with me to Curborough and see just why it is totally impractical to try to build an eco-town in the middle of nowhere where no roads are available?

Hazel Blears MP: The hon. Gentleman tempts me, as ever, to spend time visiting the sites that he has identified.

Michael Fabricant MP: We could go on our motorbikes together.

Hazel Blears MP: We certainly will not be going on our motorbikes together; that is for sure. I cannot promise that I will go to those specific areas, but I reassure the hon. Gentleman and the whole House that the eco-towns programme, as my right hon. Friend the Minister for Housing has said, is subject to intense scrutiny and proper examination. We have to make some difficult decisions.

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