Back in December, Philip Hammond made a statement to the House of commons about HS2 and the forthcoming consultation.
Earlier that day, he went to Willesdon Junction, in the Labour held constituency of Hammersmith.
Willesdon Junction is close to the proposed site of the Old Oak Common interchange, and Philip Hammond clearly thought it would make a good photo-opportunity. The media were told beforehand, as were the local Conservative party and the local authority. While he was there he spoke to the press.
One person who he did not tell was the Member of Parliament for the area, Andy Slaughter. This is in spite of the expectation that if a minister visits an MP’s constituency, he lets that MP know in advance.
Andy Slaughter raised a Point of Order in the House of Commons: you can read it in Hansard, here. (It may be worth noting that HS2 will also pass through the Speaker’s constituency.)
As the Speaker said “namely that there is a convention that a Member, including a Minister, visiting the constituency of another Member notifies the Member whose constituency is being visited in advance, and preferably in a timely way so that that Member has proper notice of it.”
And Philip Hammond ignored it.