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HS2 will keep me awake, Alex, 9, tells Parliament.

Byline: Andrew Woodcock Special Correspondent

A NINE-year-old Balsall Common cub scout has become the youngest person ever to appear before Parliament - telling MPs the HS2 rail link is stupid and the trains will keep him awake at night.

Schoolboy Alex Rukin R petitioned the committee investigating the case for the high-speed rail link between London, the Midlands and the North. He told the HS2 Hybrid Bill Committee the new rail line would run over a viaduct opposite his mother's house between Solihull and Coventry. And that means it would make it difficult to get a good night's sleep.

Besides, construction works threaten to affect roads in the area for many years.

In his petition, Alex told MPs he thought HS2 was a "stupid" idea which would cost more money than its supporters claim, and that people of his age group would end up having to pay for it through their taxes.

He added: "Your Petitioner has been told that the people who worked out that HS2 would be worth building have said that no one works on trains to help cheat on their sums.

"Your Petitioner knows this is cheating because he has seen lots of people working on computers on trains and Your Petitioner's parents both say that they work on trains.

"Your Petitioner does not understand why anyone is so stupid as to believe this.

"Because the people at HS2 Ltd are really, really bad at maths and make things up that aren't true, Your Petitioner is worried that HS2 will cost lots more than the people are saying.

"If HS2 costs more money and not enough people use it, Your petitioner, like his classmates, will be the one paying for it in extra tax.

"Your petitioner thinks it is unfair."

Alex's father, Joe Rukin - - R manager of the Stop HS2 Campaign - said: "As far as we can tell, Alex is the youngest person to have ever appeared in an offi-cial capacity before Parliament.

"This makes sense to me as, apart from the specific instance of Hybrid Bill committees, I can't think of any case when someone that young would have the opportunity, apart from maybe Edward VI."

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MPs listening to Alex Rukin yesterday |

Nine-year-old Alex Rukin with his dad Joe appear before the HS2 Hybrid Bill Committee at the House of Commons |

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