Cheryl Gillan Portrait

Cheryl Gillan

Conservative - Former Member for Chesham and Amersham

Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority
31st Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Panel of Chairs
22nd Jun 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority
10th Nov 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee
6th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Panel of Chairs
25th Jun 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Public Administration Committee
12th May 2014 - 30th Mar 2015
Secretary of State for Wales
12th May 2010 - 6th Sep 2012
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales
10th May 2005 - 6th May 2010
Shadow Minister of State (Home Office)
10th May 2003 - 10th May 2005
Public Accounts Committee
11th Dec 2003 - 24th Mar 2004
Opposition Whip (Commons)
10th May 2001 - 10th May 2003
Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
10th May 1998 - 10th May 2001
Shadow Minister (International Development)
1st Apr 1998 - 5th Apr 2001
Shadow Minister (Trade and Industry)
5th May 1997 - 10th May 1998
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education and Employment)
6th Jul 1995 - 1st May 1997
Science and Technology Committee (Commons)
27th Apr 1992 - 7th Nov 1995
Procedure Committee
20th Apr 1994 - 17th Oct 1995


Division Voting information

Cheryl Gillan has voted in 2279 divisions, and 48 times against the majority of their Party.

22 Mar 2021 - Fire Safety Bill - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 33 Conservative No votes vs 320 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 322 Noes - 253
9 Feb 2021 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 31 Conservative No votes vs 318 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 318 Noes - 303
27 Jan 2021 - Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Conservative No votes vs 354 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 363 Noes - 267
27 Jan 2021 - Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Conservative No votes vs 353 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 361 Noes - 267
26 Jan 2021 - Environment Bill - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 6 Conservative Aye votes vs 352 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 217 Noes - 360
26 Jan 2021 - Environment Bill - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Conservative Aye votes vs 356 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 221 Noes - 366
19 Jan 2021 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 34 Conservative No votes vs 319 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 319 Noes - 308
1 Dec 2020 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 53 Conservative No votes vs 290 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 291 Noes - 78
15 Jul 2019 - High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 6 Conservative Aye votes vs 246 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 213 Noes - 253
15 Jul 2019 - High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Conservative Aye votes vs 239 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 217 Noes - 246
15 Jul 2019 - High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 11 Conservative No votes vs 210 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 263 Noes - 17
8 Apr 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 71 Conservative No votes vs 118 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 396 Noes - 83
8 Apr 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 74 Conservative Aye votes vs 112 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 85 Noes - 392
8 Apr 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 71 Conservative No votes vs 114 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 390 Noes - 81
3 Apr 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 110 Conservative Aye votes vs 190 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 123 Noes - 488
27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 94 Conservative No votes vs 157 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 160 Noes - 400
27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 122 Conservative No votes vs 126 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 139 Noes - 422
14 Mar 2019 - UK’s Withdrawal from the European Union - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 112 Conservative Aye votes vs 188 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 412 Noes - 202
30 Jan 2018 - High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 6 Conservative No votes vs 267 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 295 Noes - 12
5 Jul 2016 - Wales Bill - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 6 Conservative No votes vs 268 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 285 Noes - 7
23 Mar 2016 - High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 19 Conservative Aye votes vs 242 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 43 Noes - 245
23 Mar 2016 - High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 7 Conservative Aye votes vs 249 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 190 Noes - 254
23 Mar 2016 - High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 21 Conservative No votes vs 238 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 399 Noes - 42
7 Sep 2015 - European Union Referendum Bill - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 37 Conservative No votes vs 276 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 285 Noes - 312
16 Jun 2015 - European Union Referendum Bill - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 25 Conservative Aye votes vs 285 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 97 Noes - 288
26 Mar 2015 - Elections for Positions in the House - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 23 Conservative No votes vs 198 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 202 Noes - 228
24 Nov 2014 - Recall of MPs Bill - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 63 Conservative No votes vs 79 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 236 Noes - 65
27 Oct 2014 - Recall of MPs Bill - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 110 Conservative Aye votes vs 135 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 166 Noes - 340
28 Apr 2014 - High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 31 Conservative Aye votes vs 221 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 50 Noes - 451
28 Apr 2014 - High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 25 Conservative No votes vs 220 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 452 Noes - 41
5 Mar 2014 - Judgments - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 83 Conservative No votes vs 123 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 360 Noes - 104
5 Mar 2014 - Registration of Births, deaths and marriages etc - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 81 Conservative No votes vs 124 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 363 Noes - 100
5 Mar 2014 - Registration of births, deaths and marriages etc - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 83 Conservative No votes vs 123 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 366 Noes - 103
5 Mar 2014 - Marriage - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 81 Conservative No votes vs 126 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 367 Noes - 100
5 Mar 2014 - Marriage - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 84 Conservative No votes vs 123 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 365 Noes - 103
5 Mar 2014 - Marriage - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 79 Conservative No votes vs 126 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 368 Noes - 98
31 Oct 2013 - High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 19 Conservative No votes vs 229 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 350 Noes - 34
26 Jun 2013 - High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 20 Conservative Aye votes vs 197 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 37 Noes - 325
26 Jun 2013 - High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 16 Conservative No votes vs 199 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 330 Noes - 27
20 May 2013 - Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 48 Conservative No votes vs 139 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 391 Noes - 57
20 May 2013 - Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 56 Conservative Aye votes vs 136 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 70 Noes - 375
3 Jul 2008 - Members’ Salaries - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 35 Conservative No votes vs 46 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 155 Noes - 196
3 Jul 2008 - Members’ Salaries - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 34 Conservative No votes vs 46 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 141 Noes - 216
3 Jul 2008 - Members’ Salaries - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 37 Conservative No votes vs 42 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 123 Noes - 224
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 65 Conservative No votes vs 77 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 176 Noes - 336
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 50 Conservative No votes vs 80 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 181 Noes - 314
12 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 34 Conservative Aye votes vs 44 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 340 Noes - 78
7 Mar 2007 - House of Lords Reform - View Vote Context
Cheryl Gillan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 80 Conservative Aye votes vs 96 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 196 Noes - 375
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All Debates

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

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Latest EDMs signed by Cheryl Gillan

2nd November 2015
Cheryl Gillan signed this EDM as a sponsor on Monday 2nd November 2015

REDUCED PRICE OF CHRISTMAS CARD STAMPS

Tabled by: Nigel Evans (Conservative - Ribble Valley)
That this House recognises that with 900 million festive cards sold in the UK each year, the sending and receiving of Christmas cards is one of the great traditions of the festive season; notes that sales have declined by over 100 million from 1.02 billion in 2005; is concerned that …
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(Most recent: 11 May 2016)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 12
Conservative: 4
Labour: 4
Democratic Unionist Party: 4
Independent: 1
Non-affiliated: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Cheryl Gillan, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


Cheryl Gillan has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Cheryl Gillan has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Cheryl Gillan


A Bill to make provision about substance testing in prisons and similar institutions.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 29th April 2021 and was enacted into law.


683 Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
11 Other Department Questions
20th Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to record autism in the Labour Force Survey.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have therefore asked the Authority to respond.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
18th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many officials in his Department are working on matters relating to High Speed 2; and what the grades of those officials are.


The Department for Transport (DfT) leads on HS2 policy and delivery. Within the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), various officials at different grades have an interest in HS2 from the point of view of the Growth opportunities that arise from the investment.


BIS interests include the potential for rail engineering supply chain development, innovation and technology transfer and growth opportunities arising from the investment along the HS2 route. This will also be a shop window for new technologies that can then drive export growth. HS2 and the National High Speed Rail College will also drive the uptake of apprenticeships and raise engineering skills levels, so Officials in those areas have an interest in HS2. All of these matters also feature in the work of the Rail Supply Group, the rail engineering industry council, which is jointly supported by DfT and BIS officials.

9th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will publish the television advertising schedule and list the television channels being used for the Great Britain campaign; and if he will estimate the cost of (a) producing the commercials for that campaign and (b) each television advertising slot by time and date of broadcast.

The commercials are being shown on a wide variety of channels to reach the broadest spread of British businesses, including ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and satellite channels. Individual advertising spots are confirmed with broadcasters a few days prior to broadcast. The average cost of producing a commercial is £48,000 and to date 18 have been produced.

24th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme accepts a boiler that has met the emissions limits set for E class fuels according to the EN303-5:2012 standard.

Ofgem, who administer the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, do not specifically use the E-class fuel classification to determine fuel or installation eligibility under the RHI. Requirements regarding fuels are described in Ofgem’s RHI Guidance Volumes One and Two.

https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications-and-updates/guidance-volume-one-two-and-fuel-measurement-and-sampling-guidance.

24th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what emission certification dedicated to E class fuels exists under the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme.

Ofgem, who administer the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, do not specifically use the E-class fuel classification to determine fuel or installation eligibility under the RHI. Requirements regarding fuels are described in Ofgem’s RHI Guidance Volumes One and Two.

https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications-and-updates/guidance-volume-one-two-and-fuel-measurement-and-sampling-guidance.

24th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether pelletized waste coffee beans or grounds are included in the definition of E class fuels for the purpose of the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme.

Ofgem, who administer the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, do not specifically use the E-class fuel classification to determine fuel or installation eligibility under the RHI. Requirements regarding fuels are described in Ofgem’s RHI Guidance Volumes One and Two.

https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications-and-updates/guidance-volume-one-two-and-fuel-measurement-and-sampling-guidance.

18th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, which official in his Department has lead responsibility for solid biomass fuel classifications.

The Department does not have responsibility for solid biomass fuel classifications.

The development of solid biomass fuel classifications was an initiative of the industry in Europe to develop a common terminology and approaches for fuel classifications published through the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN).

18th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether (a) straw, (b) grass pellets and (c) other non-wood biomass fuels are included in the biomass suppliers list as approved fuels.

The existing Biomass Supplier List is available to suppliers of woodfuel, including Short Rotation Coppice (SRC). It is intended to be used by biomass participants in the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and small-scale biomass participants in the non-domestic RHI, who predominately use woodfuel. It is not available to non-woodfuel biomass, such as straw and grass pellets.

It is important that the industry takes the lead on demonstrating the sustainability of their feedstocks. To encourage this, the RHI regulations will allow for alternative biomass supplier lists to be setup by the industry for other non-woodfuel solid biomass fuels, provided that appropriate measures and procedures are in place and are subsequently approved by my rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State.

Additionally, straw, grass pellets and other non-wood biomass fuels, which are used mainly in the non-domestic sector, can be used in the non-domestic RHI scheme by self-reporting to Ofgem on the sustainability of the fuel. Installations with a boiler capacity below 1MW will not be required to obtain an independent audit of their sustainability reports.

10th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether his Department maintains the (a) Home Accidents Deaths Database, (b) Home Accident Surveillance System and (c) Leisure Accidents Surveillance System.

Between 1978 and 2002 the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) (a predecessor of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS)) collated accident data via the Home Accident Surveillance System (HASS) and the Leisure Accident Surveillance System (LASS), two linked databases holding details of home and leisure accidents that caused a serious enough injury to warrant a visit to hospital. In 2003 the DTI announced it would no longer fund the collection and publication of HASS/LASS data. The historical data is currently held by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

The Department did not collate The Home Accidents Deaths Database.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, who has been appointed as a non-executive director of his Department since the publication of information on non-executive directors in his Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2012-13; what the date of each such appointment was; what annual fee is payable to each such person; what expenses and allowances each such person has claimed to date; and what other interests or employment each such person has.

Since the last annual report Martin Stewart has joined the Department as lead non-executive director on 3rd June 2013; and Tom Kelly joined on 3rd February 2014.

Martin Stewart is CEO of Eurotaxglass Ltd. He is also a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee on London 2017 Ltd, and Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of SIS Ltd.

Tom Kelly is currently the corporate communications director at Network Rail. He moves to become Strategic Communications Adviser for HS2 on 1st April 2014.

Their fees are £20,000 PA and £15,000 PA respectively. Neither has claimed expenses from the Department since taking up their role.

19th May 2020
To ask the Attorney General, whether the oral contribution of the Solicitor General of 22 May 2019, Official Report, column 370 WH, on there being no corresponding legal duty on the defence to disclose information that is harmful to its case was a reference to the potential harm such disclosure might do to an application that a defendant makes for an order to stay the criminal proceeding against them.

There is no duty on the defence to disclose any material or information that may undermine their case in the criminal justice system, including in relation to any application they may make. This is consistent with the fundamental principle that it is for the prosecution to prove its case and not for a defendant to prove their innocence.

All solicitors and barristers are however bound by professional codes of conduct, which include the duty to act with integrity at all times and to uphold the proper administration of justice. The Criminal Procedure Rules and judicial case management are also in place to ensure that any application for a stay of proceedings is fair, both to the prosecution and the defence.

Suella Braverman
Attorney General
30th Jun 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to promote the Prime Minister's Points of Light awards; and how much was spent (a) overall and (b) on staff costs related to the distribution of those awards in each year since their launch.

The Point of Light award recognises outstanding individual volunteers, who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. It was set up in partnership with US Points of Light with the personal support of original founder, President George HW Bush and current US President Barack Obama. Since the UK launch in April 2014, the Prime Minister has recognised over 570 people from all over the United Kingdom for their remarkable service. Award winners receive a personal letter from the Prime Minister, a certificate, a tweet from the official PM account and where possible some local media coverage including the local MP, regardless of political party.

Points of Light are also connected with each other to share best practice and increasingly work together to have even greater impact in our communities. The costs of the award are minimal but not held centrally.

4th Sep 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which projects have received an amber red classification as referred to in the latest annual report of the Major Projects Authority.

The Government Major Projects Portfolio Data, September 2014, was published alongside the latest Major Projects Authority Annual Report and is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/major-projects-authority-annual-report-2015

16th Mar 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 12 March 2015 to Question 226811, on High Speed 2 railway line, for what reasons the page at that link is unobtainable.

Apologies. The correct link for the government’s Transparency Policy is: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/major-projects-transparency-policy-and-exemptions-guidance

The policy states that MPA will publish a delivery confidence assessment rating of projects on the Government Major Projects Portfolio in its Annual Report, six months in arrears.

9th Mar 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what reports have been produced on High Speed 2 by the Major Projects Authority; and what the (a) rating level and (b) date of publication has been of each such report.

The government’s Transparency Policy, published at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/majorprojects-transparency-policy-and-exemptions-guidance, states that MPA will publish a delivery confidence assessment rating of projects on the Government Major Projects Portfolio in its Annual Report, six months in arrears.

The Annual Report is published in Quarter 1 of the financial year. The 2013 and 2014 Annual Reports are available online.


30th Oct 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost to the public purse was of the former Civil Service College at Sunningdale in each of the last four financial years; and what spending is planned on the college.

Information on the former premises of the National School of Government (previously the Civil Service College), Sunningdale, is available in the Cabinet Office accounts, available here from 2011-12 onwards at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/cabinet-office-annual-reports-and-accounts.

In 2010-11 the National School of Government was a non-ministerial department and reported income within its Annual Report and Accounts. These can be found on GOV.UK:

https://www.gov.uk/search?q=National+School+of+Government

9th Jun 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what sources of income from organisations funded from the public purse each member of each government department's board has.

Departments are required to disclose the details of company directorships and other significant interests held by Board members which may conflict with their management responsibilities twice yearly.

Copies of the Register of Board Members' Interests are laid in the House of Commons Library, alongside the Annual Report and Accounts, and are available on request.

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if his Department will commission a new report on High Speed 2 from the Major Projects Authority and publish it in full before the Second Reading of the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill.

All projects in the Government's Major Project Portfolio are reviewed at set points in their lifecycle.

An update on all major projects - including High Speed Two - will be published in the second annual report of the Major Projects Authority.

3rd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what further support he plans to make available to the weddings industry to ensure its future viability.

Over the course of the pandemic, the Government has provided an unprecedented package of support to businesses, including those in the wedding sector, which it keeps under regular review.

I have met regularly with representatives of the wedding sector to understand the impact of COVID-19 on wedding businesses.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
3rd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the restrictions on the number of people permitted to attend a wedding will next be reviewed.

As my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister has said, we intend to publish our plan for taking the country out of lockdown in the last week of February. That plan will depend on the continued success of our vaccination programme.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
30th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing different guest restriction numbers at weddings in different covid-19 tiers; and if he will make a statement.

Wedding and civil partnership ceremonies with fifteen guests attending are allowed in Tiers 1, 2 and 3. Wedding receptions with fifteen guests can take place in Tiers 1 and 2 in COVID-19 Secure venues. Wedding receptions are not permitted in Tier 3.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
2nd Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether exhibition businesses are eligible for covid-19-related grant funding from his Department.

The Government has announced a package of support for businesses to help with their ongoing business costs in recognition of the disruption caused by Covid-19. This package of support includes the Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF).

Under the SBGF, all businesses in England in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rates Relief as of 11 March 2020 will be eligible for a payment of £10,000.

Under the RHLGF, businesses in England that would have been in receipt of the Expanded Retail Discount (which covers retail, hospitality and leisure) on 11 March 2020, with a rateable value of less than £51,000, will be eligible for cash grants of up to £25,000 per property:

  • Eligible businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of up to?and including?£15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000.

  • Eligible businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000.

On?1 May,?the Government announced that up to £617 million has been made available to local authorities?in England to allow them to provide discretionary grants. The?Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund is aimed at small businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs that are not liable for business rates or rates reliefs.

Any enquiries on eligibility for, or provision of, these schemes should be directed to the relevant local authority.

Guidance to support local authorities to administer the Fund was published on 13 May at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-business-support-grant-funding.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
8th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to safeguard people with epilepsy from online harm.

The government intends to introduce world-leading Online Harms legislation to make the UK the safest place to be online. We intend to establish in law a new duty of care on companies towards their users which will be overseen by an independent regulator. The Government published its Initial Consultation Response to the Online Harms White Paper in February 2020, and this set out our direction of travel on a number of key areas. We are aiming to publish a full government response to the Online Harms White Paper consultation later this year, and this will include more detailed proposals on online harms regulation.


In addition to this new legislation, it is important to make sure that the criminal law is fit for purpose to deal with online harms. DCMS and the Ministry of Justice have engaged the Law Commission on a second phase of their review of abusive and offensive online communications. This will include considering whether co-ordinated harassment by groups of people online could be more effectively dealt with by the criminal law, whether it is targeted at individuals with epilepsy or others. The Law Commission will review existing communications offences and make specific recommendations about options for reform, to ensure that criminal law provides consistent and effective protection against such behaviour.

30th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the timeframe is for the reopening of (a) Olympic-sized ice rinks for training and (b) other ice rinks as the covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

Sports and physical activity facilities play a crucial role in supporting adults and children to be active.The Government has made it clear that it will adopt a phased approach based on scientific and medical advice, and that the primary goal is to protect public health. The Government is in discussions with representatives from the sport and physical activity sector about the steps required to restart grassroots sport and will update the public when it is deemed safe to reopening indoor sports venues and facilities as soon as it is safe to do so, including ice rinks.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
10th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what guidance he has issued for singers and choirs in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

In order to ensure appropriate support and guidance is given to the cultural sector, DCMS has established the Cultural Renewal Taskforce and the Entertainment and Events working group which include extensive membership from artists and performers. I have also held a roundtable with representatives from the choral sector to enable choral groups to feed in views to the development of guidance.

The Taskforce and Working Groups will be focusing on ensuring that COVID-19 secure guidelines are developed in line with the phasing ambitions and public health directions, building on the existing guidance and providing intelligence and sector-specific expert input. Full details of the Taskforce can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/culture-secretary-announces-cultural-renewal-taskforce and the Entertainment and Events Working Group can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/cultural-renewal-taskforce-and-supporting-working-groups#entertainment-and-events-members.

15th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what compensation is available to university students who have their online tuition cancelled.

This is a difficult and uncertain time for students, but we are working with the higher education (HE) sector to make sure that all reasonable efforts are being made to enable students to continue their studies. We have seen some fantastic and innovative examples of high-quality online learning being delivered across the sector and are aware of a number of universities that have increased their online teaching in response to local COVID-19 outbreaks. This is in line with government guidance, which sets out 4 tiers of restrictions for education settings, and SAGE advice.

However, the majority of universities are now open for the autumn term, using a blended learning approach which combines online teaching and in-person tuition in ways that they consider appropriate to minimise risk.

Whether or not an individual student is entitled to a refund of tuition fees will depend on the specific contractual arrangements between the HE provider and student.

If students have concerns, they should first raise their concerns with their university. If their concerns remain unresolved, students at HE providers in England or Wales can ask the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education to consider their complaint.

Universities are autonomous and responsible for setting their own fees within the fee caps set by the government. In deciding to keep charging full fees, universities will of course want to ensure that they can continue to deliver courses that are fit for purpose and that help students progress their qualifications.

The government has been clear that it expects universities to continue delivering a high-quality academic experience and help students to achieve qualifications that they and employers value.

Michelle Donelan
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
15th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what training is being made available to university students to help them to access their online tuition at university.

English higher education (HE) providers are autonomous institutions, which means that they have the freedom to determine the way their courses are taught, supervised, and assessed. However, providers that are registered with the Office for Students (OfS) must ensure that all students, from admission through to completion, have the support that they need to succeed in and benefit from HE. The OfS has the powers to act if there are concerns.

As I set out in a letter to MPs on 9 October, the government’s expectation is that quality and academic standards must be maintained. The OfS has made it clear that all HE providers must continue to comply with registration conditions relating to quality and standards, which set out requirements to ensure that courses are high quality, that students are supported and achieve good outcomes and that standards are protected. The OfS have also set out that providers must continue to provide sufficient and appropriate facilities, learning resources and student support services to deliver a high-quality academic experience. Providers must continue to comply with their legal obligations under the Equality Act (2010), ensuring that education and learning is accessible to all students. When making changes to the delivery of their courses, providers need to consider how they support all students, particularly the most vulnerable, to achieve successful academic and professional outcomes. We recognise that the move to increased online provision may result in the support needs of some students with disabilities changing, in which case suitable alternative arrangements should be made for them.

The OfS has published information and guidance for providers and students. The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education has also published a series of guides to support providers to secure academic standards and to support student achievement during the COVID-19 outbreak. The guidance is available here: https://www.qaa.ac.uk/news-events/support-and-guidance-covid-19.

The OfS are taking very seriously the potential impacts on teaching and learning, ensuring they have a clear picture of what students are receiving. They published a statement on 9 October about how they are monitoring the quality of online provision.

My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education, has also commissioned Sir Michael Barber, the Chair of the OfS, to lead a review to consider how to enhance the quality of digital teaching and learning and the opportunities that digital education presents for universities in the medium and long term. The review is expected to report in spring 2021 and will also explore how HE providers can ensure that all students have access to a high-quality digital teaching and learning experience.

Michelle Donelan
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
13th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what parents' organisations are providing his Department with advice and opinions on the effect of Covid-19 restrictions on the health and welfare of school children.

The department works with and uses information provided from a wide range of stakeholder organisations, including those that represent the views of parents, to inform its COVID-19 response. These include organisations such as Parentkind, National Network of Parent Carer Forums, Mumsnet, Barnardos, NSPCC, and the Disabled Children’s Partnership (which includes Autistica, National Autistic Society and Ambitious about Autism).

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
2nd Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of the changes in the way education is delivered in schools on children's (a) ability to learn, (b) mental health and (c) satisfaction with their schooling; and if he will make a statement.

Understanding the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on attainment and progress is a key research priority for the government.

We have commissioned an independent research and assessment agency to provide a baseline assessment of catch-up needs for pupils in schools in England, and monitor progress over the course of the year, to help us target support across the system.

This research will make use of assessments that schools are already choosing to use over the course of the next academic year. This will add no additional burden on schools, and pupils will not have to sit any additional assessments for this research, at this crucial time for the education sector.

This research will be based on a large sample of pupils from years 1 to 11, and will allow the department to understand how best to support the sector and which particular groups of pupils have been affected by time out of school.

There is growing evidence that the COVID-19 outbreak and associated interventions, such as social distancing and stay at home guidance, including school closures, have likely had an adverse effect on the mental health and well-being of children and young people. For some, the COVID-19 outbreak will have disrupted or removed protective factors for their mental health, such as social support, physical activity and routine, and this may be compounded by additional risk factors. There is also increasing evidence that many children and young people are coping well overall and some have reported benefits for their mental health.

While many children and young people have retained some access to mental health support during this period, we know that some children and young people will have struggled to access mental health support in the same way as before the COVID-19 outbreak, which has been associated with worse mental health and wellbeing for some children and young people with existing needs.

Supporting schools and colleges to stay open and provide catch-up support to their pupils, including time devoted to supporting wellbeing, will play a fundamental part in supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. To support the return to a full high-quality education programme, we have put in place a range of measures, including guidance for settings and a new £8 million training initiative for educational staff and local authority services, to support children and young people’s wellbeing.

Health education was introduced into the curriculum in September, including a range of specific teaching requirements on mental health and wellbeing. Training materials and support are available to schools.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
1st Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to delay the Secondary Transfer Test for Grammar school admissions in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

Arrangements for selecting pupils by ability are for selective schools admission authorities to decide. We are aware admission authorities are considering what changes they will need to make to their arrangements in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Department has discussed this issue with the sector and guidance will be published in due course.

4th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether furloughed teachers are permitted to offer private tuition.

Where employers receive public funding for staff costs, and that funding is continuing, we expect employers to use that money to continue to pay staff in the usual fashion, and correspondingly not furlough them. Schools will continue to receive their budgets as usual and will be able to continue to pay their staff, so we do not expect schools to furlough staff. It may be appropriate to furlough some staff if they are paid from private income streams which have stopped or reduced.

The Department has developed school workforce guidance on COVID-19, including guidance for schools on continuing to pay supply teachers and employment agencies with which they are engaged. The guidance is available at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-school-closures/guidance-for-schools-about-temporarily-closing#supply-teachers-and-other-contingent-workers

Further details and information regarding when schools may be able to furlough staff are available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-financial-support-for-education-early-years-and-childrens-social-care

HMRC has published guidance for those who wish to engage in other work while they are furloughed:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-could-be-covered-by-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme#while-youre-on-furlough.

These are rapidly developing circumstances. We continue to keep the situation under review and will keep Parliament updated accordingly.

11th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the situation relating to covid-19, what plans his Department has to arrange for children with chronic lung conditions to be taken out of school.

COVID-19 is an unprecedented situation and the Department’s highest priority.

We are working closely with colleagues across Government to ensure that all appropriate arrangements, and support, are in place for all Department for Education sectors – from early years and childcare, schools and children’s social care – and for vulnerable groups including children with long-term medical conditions.

Schools should continue to support their pupils’ health needs as normal and let staff and parents know that there is NHS guidance available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public.

21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what legal costs have been incurred by the National College for Advanced Transport and Infrastructure formerly known as the National College for High Speed Rail in relation to proceedings on the publication of Ofsted's report on the college.

The National College for Advanced Transport and Infrastructure is an independent organisation. Legal expenditure is governed and managed by the College itself. Any information about this is likely to be available in the college’s annual accounts once they are published.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the cost has been to the public purse of rebranding the National College for High Speed Rail as the National College for Advanced Transport and Infrastructure.

?The National College for Advanced Transport and Infrastructure is an independent organisation. While the college has received revenue funding support from the department, its expenditure, including on branding, is governed and managed by the College itself. Any information about on the costs of rebranding are likely to be available in the College’s annual accounts once they are published.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will place copies of the board minutes of the National College for Advanced Transport and Infrastructure and the National College for High Speed Rail in the Library.

As the National College for Advanced Transport and Infrastructure is an independent organisation outside the control of the department and its agencies, publication of minutes is decided by its own board.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the most recent Ofsted Report into the National College for Advanced Transport and Infrastructure.

The National College for Advanced Transport and Infrastructure’s latest Ofsted report was published on 24 February 2020. The Further Education Commissioner and the Education and Skills Funding Agency have viewed the report and made recommendations for the college to follow. These supplementary documents were also published on 24 February 2020 and are available to access here: https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/31/144789.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will place in the Library the annual accounts for the National College for High Speed Two, now named the National College for Advanced Transport and Infrastructure.

The National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), now known as the National College for Advanced Transport and Infrastructure (NCATI) is an independent financial organisation outside the control of the department and its agencies and is responsible for the publication of its annual reports and financial statements. The department expects that the college will publish its 2018/19 accounts once signed off by its board. However, the college’s previous annual accounts are already published and available on the college’s website.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reasons minutes of the board meetings of the National College for advanced Transport and Infrastructure have not been published since 12 December 2018.

As the National College for Advanced Transport and Infrastructure is an independent organisation outside the control of the department and its agencies, publication of minutes is decided by its own board in accordance with its governance documents, available on its website.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which Minister authorised the payment of £4.55 million grant to the National College for Advanced Transport and Infrastructure referred to in that organisation's Board Minutes dated 12 December 2018; in what amounts and on what dates that grant was paid; and whether further applications for funding of that organisation have been received by his Department.

In December 2018, in recognition of the National College for Advanced Transport and Infrastructure’s (NCATI) future potential to deliver high level technical education in the advanced transport industry and understanding the college’s intent to rebrand itself to attract a wider market share, the former Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, the right hon. Anne Milton, approved revenue grant provision to the value of £4.55 million to the National College for High Speed Rail (now known as the NCATI). Payments of this funding were to be allocated as follows:

Financial Year

Funding

2018-19

£2 million

2019-20

£1.75 million

2020-21

£0.8 million

The forecasted number of learners during the October 2019 intake was lower than expected. As a result, the college was awarded an emergency payment of £600,000, paid in January 2020 to keep it operational, in place of the £800,000 due to be awarded from 1 April 2020. This emergency payment triggered an Education and Skills Funding Agency Financial Notice to Improve and a Further Education Commissioner’s visit, resulting in a recommendation for a Structure and Prospects Appraisal (SPA). An application for further funding (up to a maximum of £1.6 million) has been agreed. This will be paid to the college in monthly installments, on evidence of need, and is to be used for educational purposes only to keep the college operational during the SPA.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
27th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many student places the National College for Advanced Transport and Infrastructure has; and how many students have (a) enrolled on, (b) completed and (c) failed to finish or continue their course.

There are 1200 learner places available at the National College for Advanced Transport and Infrastructure each year. Since it opened in September 2017, there have been 504 enrolments. 99 students have completed their courses and 92 learners withdrew.

Michelle Donelan
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
5th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether all graduates of the National College for High Speed Rail will be required to work on the High Speed 2 project for a length of time after they graduate.

The National College for High Speed Rail has been established to help provide the skills and qualifications required by High Speed 2 (HS2) and the modern rail industry as a whole. The college offers a range of qualifications, particularly at Level 4 and above, such as apprenticeships, certificates in higher education and foundation degrees via full time and part time delivery. There is no mandatory requirement for any student to be employed by HS2 once they have obtained their qualification. Qualifications and skills gained by students allow them to work for a wide range of organisations in the rail sector.

7th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her Department plans to include in the autism module that will be included in initial teacher training; and when delivery of that module will be commenced.

Teachers are required to have a clear understanding of the needs of all pupils, including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), including autism, as part of the Teachers' Standards. In July 2016, the Department published a new framework for initial teacher training (ITT) content, which involves specific content on SEND, including autism. As part of ITT provider inspections, Ofsted has due regard to the Teachers’ Standards and framework of core content. 99% of all ITT partnerships inspected by Ofsted were judged to be either good or outstanding at their most recent inspection.

The Government does not prescribe the content of ITT courses. It is for ITT providers to use their judgement to determine the content and structure of courses. They must be designed so that teacher trainees can demonstrate that they meet all of the Teachers' Standards at the appropriate level.

The Department has funded the Autism Education Trust (AET) since 2011 to deliver autism training to existing early years, schools and post-16 education staff in England. The AET has now trained more than 175,000 education staff to encourage a whole school approach to supporting children and young people with autism. In March 2018, the Department extended this contract by a further two years.

11th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children and young people who are either educated at home or not in employment, education or training are recorded within the statistics and analysis on statements of special educational needs and education, health and care plans in England published on 26 May 2016; and under which categories such children and young people are recorded.

The number of children and young people with a statement or education, health and care (EHC) plan who are educated at home is not specifically collected in the ‘Statements and EHC plans England: 2016’ publication[1]. However, as these children and young people will be included in the total number of children and young people with statements and EHC plans, local authorities are likely to have included these children and young people in the ‘other arrangements made by the local authority’ or ‘other arrangements made by the parent’ category.

The number of children and young people with statements or EHC plans who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) is not specifically collected in this statistical first release. Where young people have a statement or EHC plan and are NEET, they will be included in one of the other categories, e.g. ‘other arrangements made by local authority’ or ‘awaiting provision’.

There is not an exhaustive list of arrangements included in the category of ‘Other – arrangements made by the local authority in accordance with Section 319 of the Education Act 1996 or Section 61 of the Children and Families Act 2014’. The published SEN 2016 guide for local authorities[2] completing this part of the collection is as follows:

‘Section 319 of the Education Act 1996 empowers an authority to provide education for children with special educational needs “other than in school”. This may include education in centres run by social services or at home. Children would not normally be on another school register.

‘Section 61 of the Children and Families Act 2014 empowers an authority to provide education for children and young people with special educational needs “other than in school, post-16 institutions, etc”. This may include education in centres run by social services or where the local authority has named home education on an EHC plan.’

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/statements-of-sen-and-ehc-plans-england-2016

[2] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/special-educational-needs-survey-2016-guide

11th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what establishment types and educational provision arrangements are included within the category of other arrangements made by local authority used in the statistics and analysis on statements of special educational needs and education, health and care plans in England published on 26 May 2016.

The number of children and young people with a statement or education, health and care (EHC) plan who are educated at home is not specifically collected in the ‘Statements and EHC plans England: 2016’ publication[1]. However, as these children and young people will be included in the total number of children and young people with statements and EHC plans, local authorities are likely to have included these children and young people in the ‘other arrangements made by the local authority’ or ‘other arrangements made by the parent’ category.

The number of children and young people with statements or EHC plans who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) is not specifically collected in this statistical first release. Where young people have a statement or EHC plan and are NEET, they will be included in one of the other categories, e.g. ‘other arrangements made by local authority’ or ‘awaiting provision’.

There is not an exhaustive list of arrangements included in the category of ‘Other – arrangements made by the local authority in accordance with Section 319 of the Education Act 1996 or Section 61 of the Children and Families Act 2014’. The published SEN 2016 guide for local authorities[2] completing this part of the collection is as follows:

‘Section 319 of the Education Act 1996 empowers an authority to provide education for children with special educational needs “other than in school”. This may include education in centres run by social services or at home. Children would not normally be on another school register.

‘Section 61 of the Children and Families Act 2014 empowers an authority to provide education for children and young people with special educational needs “other than in school, post-16 institutions, etc”. This may include education in centres run by social services or where the local authority has named home education on an EHC plan.’

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/statements-of-sen-and-ehc-plans-england-2016

[2] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/special-educational-needs-survey-2016-guide

19th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) Statements of Special Educational Needs and (b) Education, Health and Care Plans were issued for each year from 2013; and how many such (i) statements and (ii) plans were issued in each of those years.

Information on the number of statements or Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans issued by local authorities in England based on the SEN2 return is available on GOV.UK in Table 2 of the Statistical First Release Statements of SEN and EHC plans: England 2015: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/statements-of-sen-and-ehc-plans-england-2015

Data for January 2016 will be published on 26 May 2016.

27th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on the provision of free school transport for children who receive the higher rate of the mobility component of disability living allowance.

I refer my Rt Hon Friend to the reply given to written questions 31573 and 31574 on 22 March 2016.

26th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the observations from the Minister for Children and Families of 1 February 2016, Official Report, volume 605, column 8P, when the consultation on mandatory reporting of child abuse will commence.

The Government will launch its consultation on mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect in due course. The consultation will run for the full twelve weeks. The Government will carefully consider the need for any further statutory measures in the light of responses.

17th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether local authorities are obliged to provide free school transport to (a) all eligible children and (b) eligible children who receive the higher rate of the mobility component of disability living allowance.

Local authorities have a statutory duty under section 508B of the Education Act 1996 to make suitable travel arrangements for all eligible children attending their nearest suitable school. This includes children with special education needs (SEN) or a disability or mobility problem (including temporary conditions) if their SEN or disability or mobility problem means that they could not reasonably be expected to walk to the school. Being in receipt of the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (a benefit with different eligibility criteria and assessment process administered by the Department for Work and Pensions) does not necessarily confer eligibility for free home to school transport but neither does it preclude it if the conditions above are met.

17th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether children who receive the higher rate of the mobility component of disability living allowance are considered to be eligible children for free school transport; and if she will make a statement.

Local authorities have a statutory duty under section 508B of the Education Act 1996 to make suitable travel arrangements for all eligible children attending their nearest suitable school. This includes children with special education needs (SEN) or a disability or mobility problem (including temporary conditions) if their SEN or disability or mobility problem means that they could not reasonably be expected to walk to the school. Being in receipt of the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (a benefit with different eligibility criteria and assessment process administered by the Department for Work and Pensions) does not necessarily confer eligibility for free home to school transport but neither does it preclude it if the conditions above are met.

9th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on schools asking uniform suppliers for discounts or commission on school uniform sales; and if she will make a statement.

The department has issued best practice guidance for all schools on the need to give high priority to the consideration of cost for parents. The guidance sets out that governing bodies should be able to demonstrate that they have obtained the best value for money from suppliers, and that any savings negotiated with suppliers should be passed on to parents wherever possible. It also makes clear that schools should not enter into cash back arrangements.

We have recently announced that we intend to put school uniform guidance on a statutory footing. The school uniform guidance is available at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-uniform

8th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the CPRE report, Greener, better, faster: countryside solutions to the climate emergency and for a green recovery, published in July 2020.

I had the pleasure of speaking at the launch of the CPRE report, Greener, Better, Faster in which the countryside is at the heart of a green recovery and a source of climate change solutions.

While the world is rightly focused on tackling the immediate threat of coronavirus, other great global challenges such as climate change and biodiversity loss have not gone away. The Government remains committed to being a world leader on tackling the environmental crises we face.

As we develop our mitigation plans, we will need to manage trade-offs with our other objectives, for example, balancing land use change for mitigation purposes (e.g. planting trees) with enhancing the natural environment and improving food security.

Our Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme is the cornerstone of our new agricultural policy. Founded on the principle of “public money for public goods”, ELM is intended to provide a powerful vehicle for achieving the goals of the 25 Year Environment Plan and commitment to net zero emissions by 2050, while supporting our rural economy.

Farmers and other land managers may enter into agreements to be paid for delivering the following public goods: clean air; clean and plentiful water; thriving plants and wildlife; reduction in and protection from environmental hazards; beauty, heritage and engagement with the environment; mitigation of and adaptation to climate change.

Mitigation of and adaptation to climate change are important goals of the 25 Year Environment Plan and important objectives of ELM. ELM could support this through providing funding for land management activities that reduce greenhouse gas emission and sequester carbon.

Adapting to the inevitable changes in our climate is also vital. While we continue to reduce our contribution to climate change, we are also taking robust action to improve the resilience of our people, economy and environment.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
11th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made on assessing the potential merits of the recommendation in the Glover Report that the Chilterns area of outstanding natural beauty should be designated as a National Park.

The independent Review of Landscapes, led by Julian Glover, was commissioned by the Government as part of the 25 Year Plan for the Environment. Among its proposals are new designated landscapes, including consideration of National Park status for the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Government has welcomed the spirit and ambition of the Review and will respond in due course.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to implement the Guidelines for Selection of Biological SSSIs, revised in 2014, on extending the protection for the rarest and most vulnerable lowland grasslands to all sites that meet the criteria.

Selection and notification of sites of special scientific interest (SSSIs) is a matter for Natural England. Natural England has published its current designations programme on GOV.UK (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/natural-england-designations-programme-for-areas-sites-and-trails) and this includes several areas that host lowland grassland habitats. Natural England will continue to implement the Guidelines for the selection of biological SSSIs, as appropriate.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
19th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research has her Department undertaken on the effect of the use of increasing levels of yeast and yeast extracts in food.

Historically Defra has funded research on yeast under the Food LINK Programmes in relation to its use in brewing, in food and drink spoilage and to develop predictive food microbiological modelling tools. Since 2010 we have engaged with Innovate UK on collaborative R&D with industry supporting a range of issues on food quality.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
19th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to encourage food manufacturers and processors to avoid the use of (a) allergenic materials and (b) non-allergenic materials in ways that may cause allergenic reactions.

In December 2014, the law on how food allergen information is given was changed to make it easier for consumers with an allergy or intolerance to manage their condition safely when buying food or eating out. Defra continues to promote accurate and informative food labelling to inform consumers about the food they buy, including the presence of allergens in food so that consumers can make informed choices. The Food Standards Agency’s Guidance on Allergen Management and Consumer Information provides guidance on allergen management in food manufacturing and processing to assess and avoid cross contamination.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
23rd Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much the UK paid to the EU for agricultural levies in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

UK Contributions to the EU budget are set out in Table C3 of HM Treasury publication “European Union Finances 2015: statement on the 2015 EU Budget and measures to counter fraud and financial mismanagement” in December 2015.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/483344/EU_finances_2015_final_web_09122015.pdf

The contribution from sugar levies for the previous 5 years were:

2010: £8m

2011: £8m

2012: £10m

2013: £9m

2014: £2m

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
18th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many officials in her Department are working on matters related to High Speed 2; and what the grades of those officials are.

Technical and policy specialists contribute to the Department's work on HS2. Within the core Department a policy team (1 Grade 7 and 1 SEO) co-ordinates input from specialists from across the Department as required. This forms one part of the team’s role.


The Environment Agency (EA) and Natural England (NE) provide input through the roles of the following officials:


3 Grade 7s (2 EA, 1 NE)

1 Grade 6 (EA)

7 SEOs (5 EA, 2 NE)

3 HEOs (1 EA, 2 NE)


In addition, one Grade 7 and two SEOs from the Forestry Commission and members of local EA and NE teams provide specialist advice as required.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
13th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make funds available to Community Impact Bucks for 2015-16 and 2016-17 to replace the funding that has been withdrawn from Action with Communities in Rural England from March 2015.

We value the work that the Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) network does at the local level to ensure the rural voice is heard and to inspire community action. Future funding is being carefully considered and no final decision has yet been made.

2nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on land HS2 plans to acquire permanently along the route of HS2 Phase 1 that was not notified to the local residents before the Government's permission for the project to proceed.

Powers to acquire land permanently on Phase One are set out in the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Act 2017. All land and property within the defined borders as set by the Act can be subject to compulsory purchase. Residents are notified of any access, temporary or permanent acquisitions required in line with the Act. The programme of land acquisition is a continuing programme and so too are communications relating to it.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
2nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he was informed that Allan Cook was resigning early as Chairman of HS2 Ltd.

Allan Cook CBE, Chairman of HS2 Ltd, issued his resignation on 31 January 2021. Allan will fulfil his 6-month notice period. I wish to thank Allan for the dedication he has shown in his role of Chairman.

I will set out in due course plans to identify the new Chairperson via an open and fair process.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
2nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Environment Agency on the risk of environmental damage caused by HS2 construction work; and if he will make a statement.

Department for Transport officials, HS2 Ltd and its contractors meet regularly with officials at the Environment Agency in relation to delivery of the HS2 works, and to ensure that any environmental risks are suitably mitigated. I also recently met with the Chair of the Environment Agency, as part of my regular engagement with the project’s key stakeholders.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
2nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost is of the (a) policing of and (b) damage and delays to the works caused by the environmental protests along the route of Phase 1 of HS2 to date.

The costs for construction sites to operate safely, including, where necessary, the safe removal of trespassers, form part of existing contracts between HS2 Ltd and its supply chain. Due to the levels of protestor activity experienced, an additional £49 million of security costs across the HS2 project has been expended up to December 2020. The impact to the schedule of trespassers and in some cases concerted vandalism has not yet been fully assessed but we expect this to be within the overall estimated cost range of the project.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people working on the Crossrail project have left that project to take up positions with HS2 Ltd.

Crossrail Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail Ltd are responsible for holding the data on how many people working on the Crossrail project have left to take up positions with HS2 Ltd.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
30th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what authority the 300 year old oak tree was felled at HS2 Plan 11; and if he will make a statement.

The High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Act 2017 allows the nominated undertaker to carry-out a broad range of ancillary works within Act limits and provides the powers to undertake such felling works anywhere within those limits.

HS2 Ltd takes its environmental responsibilities seriously, and felling is only undertaken where necessary. The schedules of the 2017 Act provide further information, particularly Schedule 2 (works) and Schedule 30 (trees). All Schedules associated with the 2017 Act can be found here: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2017/7/contents/enacted

HS2 Ltd’s aim is to protect the environment wherever possible, and to do more than just mitigate in the areas where it is constructing the railway. Along the route HS2 will leave behind richer, more diverse and better connected wildlife habitats. Up to 7 million trees will eventually be planted along Phase One, with many new recreational areas for communities to enjoy. Of the 43 ancient woodlands affected by HS2’s route between London and Crewe, 80% of the total area will remain intact and not impacted.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
10th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of implementing a hyperloop transport system through the High Speed Two project.

Hyperloop is at an early stage of development and significant technological challenges have to be overcome before an operational system can be constructed and carry passengers.

In 2017 the Department for Transport’s Science Advisory Council (SAC) published a position statement on Hyperloop which noted that “because of the scale of the technical challenges involved, an operational Hyperloop system is likely to be at least a couple of decades away.” Officials in the Department continue to monitor Hyperloop research very closely. They do not believe that there have been any developments in the last three years that might cast doubt on the SAC’s 2017 assessment.

The Department for Transport conducted a detailed investigation last year into the feasibility of constructing a high-speed Maglev link in the UK. Its conclusion was that whilst Maglev is a promising technology, there are still several obstacles which, at present, put it at a disadvantage compared to high speed rail.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
10th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of the (a) maglev and (b) hyperloop transport systems; and if he will make a statement.

Hyperloop is at an early stage of development and significant technological challenges have to be overcome before an operational system can be constructed and carry passengers.

In 2017 the Department for Transport’s Science Advisory Council (SAC) published a position statement on Hyperloop which noted that “because of the scale of the technical challenges involved, an operational Hyperloop system is likely to be at least a couple of decades away.” Officials in the Department continue to monitor Hyperloop research very closely. They do not believe that there have been any developments in the last three years that might cast doubt on the SAC’s 2017 assessment.

The Department for Transport conducted a detailed investigation last year into the feasibility of constructing a high-speed Maglev link in the UK. Its conclusion was that whilst Maglev is a promising technology, there are still several obstacles which, at present, put it at a disadvantage compared to high speed rail.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
10th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the value is of the (a) rent-free working space and (b) commercial and technical support being given by the Government through the High Speed Two project to (i) Digital Rail, (ii) Hypervine, (iii) Rail Diary, (iv) Grid Smarter Cities and (v) Open Space.

The HS2 accelerator is a programme to support innovation in UK-registered Small Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) working on HS2. HS2 Ltd does this through its lead innovation partner, the Connected Places Catapult (CPC), an independent research organisation set up as a not-for-profit entity, part funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

SMEs are selected for the HS2 Accelerator programme after applying to an open competition call that sets out some of the specific innovation challenges experienced by HS2. It is advertised nationally through multiple channels in line with industry standards for accelerator programmes.

Selected organisations participate in the Accelerator on a voluntary basis and receive no direct financial benefit. Desk space and meeting rooms are made available by CPC in Birmingham when needed for training, business development advice and meetings with HS2 Ltd. It is not possible to calculate the monetary value associated with the future ad-hoc use of this resource. This resource is not in lieu of any existing arrangements the SMEs may have in place. The value of HS2 Ltd’s contract with CPC is £390k, and we are working with 10 UK SME companies.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) terms of reference, (b) tendering process and (c) budget is for each of the four technical expert panels being established by HS2.

a) HS2 Ltd already use Independent Technical Expert Panels (ITEP) to review specific assets. This is consistent with the recommendation made by the HS2 Ltd Chairman in his Stocktake report and the Oakervee Review. The panels work to stress-test and challenge selected assets or areas.

b) HS2 Ltd is currently undertaking a market engagement exercise for covering the requirement to establish, manage and provide ITEPs to peer review its Main Works Civils Contracts (MWCC) scheme, Stations and Phase 2 detailed designs and construction methodology (PIN reference 2020/S 217-533979). The tendering process cannot be confirmed until this market engagement exercise is completed.

c) The total budget for the ITEPs is £5.2 million for the full duration of the contract, including all applicable extension options (an initial duration of 2 years, with options to extend for a further 5 years). The individual panel budgets are commercially sensitive as this information may impact the procurement following the market engagement.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
15th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many non-disclosure agreements have been entered into by HS2 Ltd; and if he will list the parties to those agreements.

Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) are used to protect both HS2 Ltd’s information and the information of the other signatory party and are in accordance with typical business practice. These agreements help to avoid placing homes and businesses in unnecessary blight, protect commercially sensitive information of both parties and the personal information of those potentially affected by any proposed changes to the scheme. HS2 Ltd’s Register shows 339 such agreements have been put in place. As this number changes on a frequent basis as the project develops and new agreements are added to the Register we do not intend to publish a list of the parties at the present time.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
21st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to ensure that (a) HS2 and (b) HS2 contractor vehicles display HS2 identification on their windscreens to enable checks that they are using the correct routes to HS2 sites.

All vehicles over 3.5t employed on deliveries of construction equipment or materials, or moving quantities of spoil on public roads are required to display an A4 size identifier, stating ‘HS2’ inside the cab windscreen in a position that does not obscure the driver’s visibility. The requirement applies when the vehicle is on HS2 business.

The requirement to display identification is monitored by the contractors and by HS2 Ltd’s dedicated compliance team, and all reasonable steps are therefore taken to ensure compliance with the requirement.

In exceptional circumstances, HS2 Ltd can apply a derogation to this requirement, for example, when lorries and drivers are being specifically targeted by non-peaceful protesters.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
4th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many British workers were engaged on the manufacture of the tunnelling machines for HS2.

HS2 Ltd did not procure the tunnelling boring machines as responsibility for this is passed to the Main Works Civil Contractors. That’s because each TBM has to be designed to cope with ‘worst case’ ground conditions in a particular location and these can vary significantly from site to site. However, the TBMs will be operated in the UK by a combination of UK and European specialist operatives. Government has set HS2 Ltd a target for procuring 95% of works from UK based companies. More than 2000 UK businesses have already secured work on the programme.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
4th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans HS2 Ltd and its contractors have to recruit workers from overseas.

HS2 Ltd has offices based in Birmingham and London and over 95% of the HS2 supply chain is UK based.

HS2 Ltd and their main contractors plan their strategic workforce based on the requirements of the project. HS2 Ltd and its supply chain are required to think through the implications of skills shortages and the talent marketplace. Whilst the market remains competitive, thanks to the growing pipeline of major projects HS2 is benefitting from the growing skills base in the UK from the Olympics, Crossrail, and Tideway, and a host of Highways England and Network Rail projects.

HS2 Ltd and its supply chain have to comply with all immigration laws and assure that the workforce has the relevant right to work in the UK.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason details of business expenses, travel costs and hospitality figures have not been published for HS2 personnel since September 2019; and if he will publish those figures.

HS2 Ltd has now published all business expense, travel costs and hospitality up to March 2020 on https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hs2-ltd-business-expense-travel-costs-and-hospitality-january-to-march-2020 and will be publishing its 2020/21 Quarter One data this month.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of Greengauge21’s report entitled HS2’s Eastern Arm, published July 2020.

The Government has made clear its commitment to delivering HS2 Phase 2b and transformational rail improvements. The Integrated Rail Plan to be published at end of year will consider how best to do that, with a focus on integration with proposed major rail investments in the North and Midlands and ensuring that benefits are delivered from investments more quickly.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
14th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who the newly appointed non-executive directors of HS2 are; and what their (a) responsibilities and (b) remuneration packages are.

The Secretary of State has appointed Ian King, Elaine Holt and Tom Harris. All non-executive directors are appointed to provide challenge and guidance to the Board, Chair and senior leadership at HS2, though each brings their own specialisms. Ian King has been appointed specifically to represent the government’s interests on the board.

Appointees are remunerated at £950 per day, on an assumption of a time commitment of two days per month.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
14th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people applied to become non-executive directors of HS2; and what the process was by which the successful applicants were selected.

Seventy nine people applied to an open and fair competition overseen by Ministers, which was launched in June 2019. Elaine Holt was appointed via this process.

Tom Harris has been directly appointed to his role for a one year term after which an open and fair competition will commence. Ian King has been directly appointed to his role for a three year term, something which is appropriate given his role as a government representative.

All appointments have been made in accordance with the Government’s Governance Code for Public Appointments with the agreement of the Prime Minister and the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
13th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to Infrastructure and Projects Authority report 2020 classifying HS2 as a Red project, what steps he plans to take in response to that classification; and if he will make a statement.

The IPA’s report refers to the status of the HS2 project in September 2019. This was before the project was comprehensively reset in February 2020 with a revised budget and schedule, and provision of adequate contingency. Steps have also been taken to ensure the project is delivered in a more disciplined and transparent manner with, for example, a dedicated HS2 Minister appointed and bi-annual updates to be provided to Parliament. We are confident HS2 is being delivered with the strict oversight, accountability and transparency needed.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
9th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason the minutes of the audit and risk assurance committee for High Speed Two have not been published since December 2019.

I appreciate that the publication of these minutes has taken longer than is typically expected. Unlike the Board minutes, the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee minutes do not have a confirmed schedule of publication, though High Speed Two Limited aims to publish them as soon as practicable.

High Speed Two Limited have confirmed that any unpublished minutes will be published by 17 July.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
8th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether HS2 Ltd will use bentonite in the construction of High Speed Two Phase one.

As was stated in response to a previous question on this subject (160054) from the Honourable Member in July 2018, Bentonite is proposed to be used in the construction of the diaphragm walls for the 5 intermediate shafts in the Chilterns. If necessary, and only when the Environment Agency is satisfied with HS2 Ltd’s final approach, Bentonite may be used in other locations to minimise the impact of tunnelling on existing infrastructure.


Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
6th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) financial viability and (b) risk assessments his Department has undertaken on major HS2 Ltd contractors on Phase 1 of High Speed Two following (a) Carillion going into administration and (b) the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement.

a) HS2 Ltd’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) function undertakes daily financial and capacity risk monitoring for all HS2 critical & strategic economic operators and their parent organisations during tendering and throughout contract delivery, at a Tier 1 and Tier 2 level. In addition, SCM receive daily alerts in relation to financial risks associated with critical suppliers and have aligned their processes and assessment criteria with Cabinet Office guidance.

b) All of the Phase 1 Joint Ventures that have received a Notice to Proceed are joint and severally liable for their contractual requirements and therefore provide mitigation to any financial risk that materialises. Also, each of the Economic Operators were required to provide a Parent Company Guarantee from a parent of sufficient financial standing. Both Economic Operators and Parent Companies have had their financial standing tested and scrutinized during both procurement and then again at the point of award for their contracts. Since the point of award, HS2 Ltd have continuously monitored financial stress indicators, which are updated on a daily basis according to predetermined alert parameters:

a) Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak HS2 Ltd had in place regular monitoring for all major contractors.

b) Following the COVID-19 outbreak an HS2 Supplier Relief Working Group has been established and a supplier monitoring report is reviewed at least weekly to highlight suppliers at risk and initiate plans required to support the supplier and ensure continuity of supply.

HS2 Ltd is a member of the Department for Transport (DfT) Strategic Supplier Working Group. Both before and after the COVID-19 outbreak, this Working Group has monitored strategic and critical suppliers in conjunction with DfT and Cabinet Office and taken coordinated action where appropriate.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
6th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what quantity of water will be required for the Phase 1 High Speed Two tunnelling in Buckinghamshire; from what location that water will come; how that water will be (i) used, (ii) processed and (iii) disposed of; what assessment he has made of the (A) level and (B) type of contaminants in that water after use; what processes will be used to remove those contaminants; and what steps he is taking to prevent the contamination of local aquifers in that area.

The quantity of water required to operate the two Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) for the Chilterns Tunnels is currently calculated to be 6.5 mega-litres per day on average over a 36 month period. It is intended that the water will be supplied from Affinity Water and Thames Water sources. The water will be used to convert the chalk material to a slurry, for flushing and cooling of slurry pumps and for TBM cleaning operations. The slurry will be treated in an on-site slurry treatment plant that will recover and reuse water to reduce the demand for fresh water. There will be instances where water reuse will not be possible and, after on-site treatment, this water will be discharged. The design of the water treatment plant and attenuation ponds has taken the likely water quality into account. Any discharge will be managed and regulated under the terms of a consent from the Environment Agency, which will take into account the quality of the water being discharged. HS2 Ltd has been working closely with experts from the Environment Agency and the relevant water companies for a number of years to prevent construction work from causing contamination of the chalk aquifer and to safeguard the provision of public water supplies.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
16th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he plans to resume driving tests at all venues that were in use prior to the covid-19 lockdown.

As the health and safety of staff and customers is key, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is working closely with the Department for Transport to prepare for a safe return to testing. It will announce details of resumption of testing in due course.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
12th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what dates the High Speed Two Construction Commissioner made to visits to High Speed Two sites from 1 January 2020 to date; and what the location was of each of those visits.

The High Speed Two (HS2) Construction Commissioner’s role is to provide independent decisions and mediate between the project and individuals or bodies, in unresolved disputes about HS2 Phase One and Phase 2a construction work. The role is part time and the Commissioner works eight days per month.

The Commissioner visited a number of sites in Warwickshire on 21 February 2020. He produces a quarterly report, which includes his observations from the representations he has received and the visits and meetings he has held.

As noted in his most recent report, covering the first quarter of 2020, the Commissioner’s visits along the route have ceased in order to comply with Government advice regarding COVID-19. He continues to raise issues with the Department and HS2 Ltd during this period. He meets virtually with officials and continues to respond to correspondence electronically.

Compliance with Government requirements relating to the COVID-19 pandemic meant it was not possible for the Construction Commissioner and the Residents’ Commissioner jointly to tour Buckinghamshire – including Amersham.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
19th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much HS2 Ltd has paid to date for costs incurred by (a) Thames Valley Police and (b) other police force in providing the extra policing of HS2 works.

HS2 ltd has paid no costs to Thames Valley or to any other police forces for extra policing costs as result of HS2 works.

HS2 Ltd has an Enhanced Police Service Agreement (EPSA) with the British Transport Police for a National Police Liaison Officer, an Analyst and an Intelligence Researcher. This function supports strategic and tactical coordination across all forces that the route will pass through. The costs for the EPSA so far are as follows:

· 2016/17: £31,261.26

· 2017/18: £100,185.95

· 2018/19: £104,803.18

· 2019/20: £125,782

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
19th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what bonus the CEO of HS2 Ltd is due to receive for the current year of their contract; and what the criteria are for receipt of that bonus.

The HS2 Ltd CEO has voluntarily agreed to waive any bonus payment entitled to be paid to him this year.

The criteria for receipt of the bonus, had it not been voluntarily waived, focused on five key areas of performance in 2019/20: health, safety and wellbeing; annual control of budget; performance against annual milestones and schedule; organisational capability including talent and diversity; and community engagement. These areas of performance will still be reported on as usual, in the company’s Annual Report and Accounts.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
19th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the licence that permitted HS2 to remove parts of the hedgerows in Chalfont St Giles; and what impact assessment was made of the effect of that removal on the bird nesting season in that area.

The High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Act 2017, which underwent several years of parliamentary scrutiny, gives HS2 Ltd the authority to remove hedgerows for the construction of Phase One of HS2. Therefore no licences were required for the removal of part of the hedgerows in Chalfont St Giles.

The Environmental Statement for Phase One of HS2, which was published alongside the Bill, reported the results of the environmental impact assessment, including impacts on hedgerows. Where habitat clearance works need to be conducted during the nesting season, an Ecological Clerk of Works is present to identify nesting birds and stop works if necessary. If an active bird nest is found, works cease in that area and an exclusion zone is set up around the specific location to avoid disturbance that could cause adults to abandon the nest. This restriction remains in place until any chicks have fledged. This approach follows industry standard best practice.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
19th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will he publish the (a) annual salaries and (b) bonuses paid to HS2 Ltd personnel in the last 12 months.

In line with the Government’s policy on transparency, HS2 Ltd publishes details of salaries and director remuneration in the company’s Annual Report and Accounts and, where applicable, on the Cabinet Office website. The next report, which covers 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020, will be available by the end of July 2020. Previous reports, dating back to the 2009-10 financial year, are available on the gov.uk website here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hs2-annual-reports-and-accounts#annual-reports-and-accounts

In the last 12 months the following bonus payments were made to three individuals that achieved agreed performance criteria in the 2018/19 financial year: £36,743; £24,710 and £15,975.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
19th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, (a) how many times, (b) on which dates and (c) with what attendance has the monthly Ministerial Task Force on HS2 met in each of the last six months.

The Ministerial Task Force has met for its inaugural following the Government’s recent decision to proceed with Phase 1. The first meeting was held on 30 April. Membership of The Task Force includes Ministers from the Department for Transport, HM Treasury, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Cabinet Office. The Chair, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer from HS2 Ltd also attend, alongside officials and advisors from the represented Government Departments and the Prime Minister’s Office.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
19th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will publish the minutes of High Speed Two Ltd board meetings since February 2020.

HS2 Ltd is required to publish its board minutes within three months of the board meeting being held.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
15th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost of attaching nameplates to the HS2 tunnel boring machines being manufactured in Germany.

There is no additional cost associated with applying names to the Tunnel Boring Machines (‘TBMs’) as the cost for applying branding is included in the manufacturing costs for the machines. Once chosen by the public, names of the TBMs will be added to the side of each machine using transfers, not attached nameplates, similar to the standard branding seen on TBMs around the world.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
15th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost of holding a public vote on naming the HS2 tunnelling machines.

The public vote has been implemented and managed entirely in-house by HS2 Ltd staff utilising existing resources so there is no disaggregated cost.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
21st Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will suspend all HS2 (a) preparation and (b) construction work during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government’s current policy is that construction activity, including HS2, should continue where it can be undertaken in accordance with the Public Health England guidance and industry best practice. I have asked HS2 Ltd to work closely with their construction partners to ensure compliance with these guidelines in order to protect local communities and their workforce. Sites will not operate where this cannot be achieved.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
20th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Office for Budget Responsibility's 14 April 2020 finding that GDP could fall by 35 per cent in the second quarter of 2020, whether his Department has made an assessment of the economic effect of the covid-19 outbreak on levels of demand for railway travel.

This crisis will have a long-lasting impact on our society – but it is too early to predict what that may mean in practice. There are a number of factors that will determine the demand for rail travel, including when lockdown restrictions are lifted, the nature of social distancing guidelines put in place going forward, and how people’s attitudes towards rail travel may have changed.

In the short term, we have stabilised the industry to ensure essential services are still running, and goods and rail passengers can get where they are needed most.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
20th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the construction costs of HS2; and if he will he make a statement.

The Government is getting on with HS2 where this can be done in a way that protects local communities and workers. Whilst important work continues in line with the safety guidance, there will inevitably be an impact on progress. HS2 Ltd is currently working with its suppliers to assess this and we will update Parliament on the impact on schedule and cost in due course once the restrictions have been lifted and the impact can be properly assessed. The current schedule and cost estimates contain contingency to address these impacts.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
20th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the construction timetable for HS2 phase one.

The Government is getting on with HS2 where this can be done in a way that protects local communities and workers. Whilst important work continues in line with the safety guidance, there will inevitably be an impact on progress. HS2 Ltd is currently working with its suppliers to assess this and we will update Parliament on the impact on schedule and cost in due course once the restrictions have been lifted and the impact can be properly assessed. The current schedule and cost estimates contain contingency to address these impacts.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
20th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he (a) has taken and (b) is taking to ensure that HS2 workers observe social distancing requirements; and if he will he make a statement.

The Government’s current policy is that construction activity should continue where it can be undertaken in accordance with the Public Health England guidance and industry best practice. I have asked HS2 Ltd to work closely with their construction partners to ensure compliance with these guidelines in order to protect their workforce and local communities. Sites will not operate where this cannot be achieved.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
20th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) assurances were sought and (b) undertakings were obtained from each of the companies and consortia given notice to proceed on HS2 construction on 15 April 2020 that their financial position was not at risk as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

The contracting organisations associated with the notice to proceed instruction given by HS2 Ltd are formed of joint ventures. All of the Joint Ventures that have received a Notice to Proceed are joint and severally liable for their contractual requirements and therefore provide mitigation to any financial risk that materialises. Each contracting company was also required to provide a Parent Company Guarantee from a parent of sufficient financial standing.

Both the contracting companies and Parent Companies have had their financial standing tested and scrutinised during both procurement and then again at the point of award for their contracts. Since the point of award HS2 Ltd have continuously monitored financial indicators.

In the run up to notice to proceed, at which point the Covid-19 outbreak materially impacted operations, the contracting structures negotiated with the joint venture organisations were moderated to recognise the event.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
20th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate his Department has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on levels of demand for public transport.

Latest data on public transport usage is made available each day as part of the daily coronavirus update. The data and slides can be found at the following webpage

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/slides-and-datasets-to-accompany-coronavirus-press-conferences

18th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will suspend all work on High Speed Two for 12 months in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government will do whatever is necessary to deal with Covid-19 now and will also continue to invest in the country’s future infrastructure.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
9th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what investigations into extending the HS2 Chiltern Tunnels are ongoing; and when a final decision will be made on any such extension.

The House of Commons Select Committee considered the possibility of a bored tunnel passing through the whole of the Chilterns AONB, continuing north of Wendover, in great detail. The proposal was rejected, primarily on the grounds of cost.

The Committee did however recommended a 2.6km extension of the bored tunnel (originally to be 13.4 km long) to South Heath, which was a significant change made by AP4, introduced on 12 October 2015.

Since Royal Assent for the Phase One Act in February 2017, HS2 Ltd have been proceeding on the basis of the tunnel design as set out in the Act. There are no investigations into extending the tunnel and no plans to do so.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
28th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will hold discussions with representatives of the Environment Agency on the risk of (a) damage and (b) pollution of the chalk aquifers in the Chilterns as a result of tunnelling activity by HS2 Ltd.

As the new dedicated Minister of State for HS2, I will hold discussions with governmental and non-governmental organisations involved in or affected by HS2 construction and delivery as necessary. HS2 Ltd, which is responsible for the safe construction of HS2, has been working closely with experts from the Environment Agency and Affinity Water for a number of years to ensure that HS2 construction work does not cause contamination of the chalk aquifer, or in any way affect the ongoing provision of high quality drinking water from it.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
28th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the extent of the (a) damage and (b) pollution of the chalk aquifers in the Chilterns as a result of the tunnelling activity of HS2 Ltd.

The Environmental Statement for Phase One of HS2 reports the results of the environmental impact assessment. This includes the effects on water resources, which are reported in volume 5: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hs2-phase-one-environmental-statement-volume-5-water-resources

HS2 Ltd, which is responsible for the safe construction of HS2, has been working closely with experts from the Environment Agency and Affinity Water for a number of years to ensure that HS2 construction work does not cause contamination of the chalk aquifer, or in any way affect the ongoing provision of high quality drinking water from it.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
26th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the HS2 Ltd Phase One Planning Forum minutes for November 2019 will be published.

The Phase One Planning Forum planned for 21st November 2019 was cancelled as a result of the pre-election period restrictions, so there are no minutes.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
26th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the names of the chair and attendees to the September 2019 meeting of the HS2 Phase One Planning Forum have been redacted in the minutes for that meeting.

HS2 Ltd redacts personal data from the HS2 Phase One Planning Forum minutes in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
24th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish unredacted versions of the papers of the audit and risk assurance committee of HS2 Ltd.

It is important that HS2 Ltd has the space to discuss robustly and frankly the HS2 programme. HS2 Ltd publishes the minutes of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (and the minutes of the HS2 Board) to provide transparency around the decision-making process while maintaining necessary levels of confidentiality to allow frank and robust discussion. Representatives from the National Audit Office attend HS2’s Audit and Risk Assurance Committee. It is chaired by a Non-Executive Director of the HS2 Board.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
24th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on how many migrant workers from each of the standard occupational classifications in the shortage occupation list will be required to complete High Speed Two.

As part of its comprehensive Skills, Employment and Education strategy, HS2 Ltd has undertaken detailed labour and skills demand and supply forecasting and analysis (https://assets.hs2.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/13145027/CS1006-HS2-labour-and-skills-demand-and-supply-forecasting-and-analysis.pdf ) which is designed to ensure the project’s skills needs are met and that it leaves a positive employment legacy across the whole of the UK.

This work does not include an analysis of how many migrant workers from each of the standard occupational classifications in the shortage occupation list will be required to complete High Speed Two.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason the payment of £11,864,405.23 on 11 September 2019 made by HS2 Ltd to Balfour Beatty for Main Works Civils Contractor Stage One TP included a 20 per cent contingency.

Payments are made to contracting entities working on the HS2 project in accordance with the terms of their contracts. As with all commercial relationships, it would not be appropriate to expand on individual transactions as this would prejudice commercial interests. The House will be regularly updated on the costs of HS2 following the Government’s decision and published Oakervee Review.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what HS2 Ltd's total budget is for development of the new construction skills training school on the Maria Fidelis School site; and what the prices are for contracts with (a) Conisbee, (b) Beadmans, (c) Max Fordham and (d) ADW Developments for the initial works on the new building on that site.

In accordance with assurances provided to Camden Council, HS2 Ltd are contributing funding to this project. As is stated in HS2 Ltd’s Register of Undertakings and Assurances the Secretary of State will require the nominated undertaker (HS2 Ltd) to make a contribution up to a maximum of £4,100,000 towards the cost of the construction, property costs, fitting out and ongoing running costs of the skills centre. This commitment was secured during the passage of the High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill, which received Royal Assent on 23 February 2017.

Overall responsibility for delivery of the skills centre sits with Camden Council (i.e. the contracts are not held by HS2 Ltd).

HS2 Ltd and its relevant contractors are working with Camden Council to ensure that the Construction Skills Centre will deliver skills and employment services that are relevant to HS2 Ltd’s needs.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the (a) date of commissioning, (b) date of production and (c) fees payable for each report commissioned by HS2 Ltd from PwC.

HS2 Ltd regularly seeks advice from experts and consultants to help deliver the project in the most efficient way possible. The costs incurred with PwC are strictly controlled through HS2 Ltd’s procurement and contractual management processes.

HS2 Ltd has engaged with PwC on a variety of work since 2013, and they have provided services to HS2 Ltd which include (but is not limited to):

Auditing Services; Internal Auditing; Professional Procurement Services; Accountancy Services; Assurance and Risk Services; Commercial services; Economic Research; Engineering Services - Surveying and Building Valuation; Finance Consultancy; Procurement Consultancy; Property and Construction Consultancy; Strategic Consultancy; and Technical Consultancy.

All HS2 Ltd Expenditure over £25,000 is published on a monthly basis here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dft-departmental-spending-over-25000.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
5th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason the minutes of HS2 Ltd audit and risk assurance committee meetings have not been published since October 2019.

The Board and the Assurance and Risk Committee minutes for October can be found on the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/high-speed-two-limited/about/our-governance#board-meeting-minutes

5th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the full results of the IPSOS MORI public opinion work commissioned by HS2 Ltd.

The reports of the public opinion survey work, undertaken by Ipsos Mori, commissioned by HS2 Ltd will be published this spring.

5th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many HS2 Ltd board meetings Ministers have attended; what the name is of each Minister who attended; and on what date they attended.

In the past twelve months no Ministers have attended any HS2 Ltd board meetings. HS2 Ltd is held to account by the Department for Transport through the Development Agreement and through its Framework Document which defines its corporate standards.

5th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason the minutes of HS2 Ltd board meetings have not been published since October 2019.

As said in response to a previous PQ (PQ939) HS2 Ltd are required to publish such minutes within three months of the meeting being held. The minutes from the respective meetings in October have been published. Meetings held since October will be made available via the company’s website according to these timings. The minutes for October can be found on the link below:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/861398/191030_HS2_Board_Minutes.pdf.

4th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the value of all residential property purchased by HS2 Ltd to facilitate the construction of High Speed Two.

As at 31 January 2020, the Secretary of State has acquired 1,151 properties at a cost of £715,398,387 through the statutory blight and non-statutory property compensation schemes across all phases of HS2.

The property compensation schemes strike a balance between supporting impacted property owners and protecting the public purse. The schemes were introduced gradually to each of the three HS2 phases between 2010-2017 following extensive public consultation. They will remain in place until one year after each HS2 phase is operational.

27th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to Answer of 27 January 2020 to Question 6592, on High Speed 2 Railway Line, if he will list (a) the 2,000 organisations that have been awarded contracts to deliver work on High Speed Two and (b) the services each of those organisations are providing.

HS2 Ltd can supply a spreadsheet that details the suppliers that they have transacted with along with a product category description that is identified during the creation of purchase orders. However, HS2 Ltd are already included in the Department’s published monthly spending transparency data, setting out data on all spending over £25k and detailing the types of services provided and the suppliers engaged in those services. Further, HS2 Ltd separately detail contract opportunities on their web site, where contracts let to date are publicly available. We therefore do not deem it appropriate to re state this already publicly available data.

27th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2020 to Question 6592, on High Speed 2 Railway Line, whether Ministers in his Department authorised the award of those contracts to deliver work on High Speed Two.

The Department has granted delegated authority to HS2 Ltd to undertake their own procurement activity, which is set out under the terms of the Development Agreement between HS2 Ltd and the Department. Where this level of delegation may be exceeded on specific contract approvals, then this is progressed through the Department’s internal Governance arrangements.

27th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, above what level of contractual payment are contracts awarded to HS2 Ltd required to be authorised by (a) a Minister and (b) the Treasury.

The Department has granted delegated authority to HS2 Ltd to undertake their own procurement activity, which is set out under the terms of the Development Agreement between HS2 Ltd and the Department. The tiered levels of authority pertaining to contractual authorities recorded in the Development Agreement are commercially sensitive.

22nd Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been (a) paid to and (b) is due to be paid to under contract provisions (i) Atkins, (ii) BAM Nuttall, (iii) Balfour Beatty, (iv) Rivault Bouyges Travaux Publics, (v) Costain, (vi) EiffageGenie Civil, (vii) Keltbray Group (Holdings) Ltd, (viii) Kier, (ix) Mace, (x) Mott Macdonald, (xi) Ramboil, (xiii) Stantec, (xiv) Sir Robert McAlpine, (xv) Skanska, (xvi) Strabag, (xvii) VINCI plc, (xviii) VolkerWessels UK and (xix) WSP UK for work connected to HS2 in each of the last ten years.

a) All contractual payments over £25000 are published online as part of the Government’s transparency agenda, and can be found at https://data.gov.uk/dataset/804be0c6-ae01-4899-bbb9-2317dff1a4f9/spend-over-25-000-in-department-for-transport-and-its-arms-length-bodies

b) Over 2000 organisations have been awarded contracts to deliver HS2 work to date. The Oakervee Review into High Speed 2 is under consideration. Contracts going forward will depend on decision that follow this.

7th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list (a) the members of the HS2 Review Board who attended Board meetings of HS2 Ltd, (b) the dates of those Board meetings and (c) whether those members attended the whole of those meetings.

a) The Chair of the Independent Review of HS2 Doug Oakervee and two of members of the Review Secretariat attended one HS2 Ltd board meeting b) which took place on 25 September 2019 to c) discuss one agenda item. They did not attend the whole of the meeting.

7th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the Board minutes for HS2 Ltd have not been published since the September 2019 meeting; and if he will publish them immediately.

HS2 Ltd are required to publish Board minutes within three months of the board meeting being held. The minutes from the September 2019 meeting have been published and are available here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/850254/190925_HS2_Board_Minutes.pdf

The minutes from meetings since September will be published and made available via the company’s website as usual.

6th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what changes will be made to rail services between Chesterfield and London if High Speed Two is completed.

As currently planned, Chesterfield will receive HS2 services. Decisions on the national rail timetable are yet to be taken and it would be inappropriate to try to set a timetable for services on the existing railway this far ahead of their adoption.

Decisions will be taken in consultation with Network Rail and the Train Operating Companies.

6th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has (a) made and (b) commissioned on the accuracy of information provided to his Department by HS2 Ltd in each of the last 10 years.

The Department for Transport continuously assesses and challenges the information provided to it by HS2 Ltd. Some of this information is factual and some takes the form of advice based on judgement. In assessing this information the Department seeks additional assurance from HS2 Ltd’s internal assurance processes as well as external assurance provided by the National Audit Office, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority and the HS2 Project Representative.

6th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons were members of the Oakervee Review Panel only allowed to read the final draft of the report in the office and not permitted to retain copies.

This is not a matter for the Department for Transport as the Oakervee Review has been conducted independently.

6th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the report by Lord Tony Berkeley on the review of High Speed 2.

The Government commissioned Doug Oakervee to provide advice on how and whether to proceed with HS2 and his report will inform our decisions. We will of course give appropriate consideration to Lord Berkeley’s personal views.

20th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish all data the Department holds on expected noise levels from HS2; and what comparative assessment he has made of those expected noise levels and the World Health Organisation environmental noise guidelines.

An assessment of the predicted noise from HS2 trains and associated data was published as part of the HS2 Phase One Environmental Statement (as amended) (found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hs2-phase-one-environmental-statement-documents) and the HS2 Phase 2a Environmental Statement (found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hs2-phase-2a-environmental-statement). For Phase 2b, the Working Draft Environmental Statement (found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hs2-phase-2b-working-draft-environmental-statement) did not include a full assessment but one will be provided in the formal Phase 2b Environmental Statement. HS2 Ltd’s approach to assessing and controlling noise is compliant with WHO Environmental Noise Guidelines.

19th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many community engagement meetings have been cancelled by (a) HS2 Ltd, (b) their agents and (c) their contractors in the last six months in Chesham and Amersham constituency; and what the reasons were for the cancellation of those meetings.

HS2 Ltd and its contractors postponed one meeting between the months of July to December 2019 within the Chesham and Amersham constituency. This was a stakeholder meeting on 17 December 2019 to discuss the redesign of Link Road works in Great Missenden and was postponed as a result of local feedback from a number of attendees who commented that they would rather meet with HS2 individually; HS2 Ltd are in the process of arranging these.

During the same period HS2 Ltd and its contractors held over 20 community engagements within the Chesham and Amersham constituency including local drop-in sessions, individual meetings with local organisations and three information events to inform local communities about the Chalfont St Peter ventilation shaft, Wendover Dean and Small Dean viaducts, and the widening of Link Road.

19th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which (a) badger, (b) fox and (c) rabbit holes have been netted in each of the last two months in Buckinghamshire; what steps were taken to prevent the animals living in those holes from being trapped underground; how the activity was supervised by the environmental authorities; and whether the necessary (i) planning and (ii) environmental permissions had been obtained in advance.

Badger setts/holes have been closed by HS2 contractors at three separate locations in the last two months in Buckinghamshire. Badger setts are closed under an HS2 Organisational Licence agreed with Natural England and all works are supervised by suitably experienced ecologists. In accordance with the licence, holes are fitted with one-way gates (allowing animals to get out of the holes but not to return) and are then monitored for a minimum of 21 days to ensure there are no animals using them before they are either blocked or dug out. Mesh would then usually be installed over the ground to prevent animals re-entering or digging new holes. No evidence of fox or rabbit activity has been noted during the mitigation work in the last two months in Buckinghamshire.

19th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the locations are of areas of vegetation cleared by (a) HS2 Ltd and (b) their contractors in each of the last four months; and whether the necessary (i) permissions and (ii) environmental clearances had been obtained in advance.

In respect of part (a), no clearance work has been undertaken directly by HS2 Ltd. In respect of part (b), vegetation clearance has been undertaken by HS2 contractors in various locations up and down the Phase One route, avoiding ancient woodland until the Independent Government review has concluded

In respect of (i) and (ii), for all clearance works undertaken, the relevant environmental permissions and consents have been obtained including, for example, protected species licences from Natural England in relation to mitigation works for bats, great crested newts and badgers.

Whilst environmental consents and permissions have been obtained in relation to clearance works, there has recently been an instance where HS2 Ltd’s contractors mistakenly undertook work on land owned by Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) for which land access permission had not been obtained in advance. HS2 Ltd has apologised for this and is in direct contact with BBOWT as the matter is fully investigated by HS2 Ltd and its contractors to prevent reoccurrence. HS2 Ltd are putting in place additional assurance measures to prevent a repeat of this incident.

19th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether High Speed 2 requires any additional piling in the Great Missenden area of Phase One.

HS2 Ltd’s plans are being finalised. Detailed construction arrangements will be notified in due course through its contractors’ management plans and engagement with the local communities.

19th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many potential breaches of (a) wildlife and (b) environmental protection legislation have been reported against (i) HS2 Ltd and (ii) their contractors in each of the last five years; and what steps have been taken in response to those reports.

There have been no prosecutions for breaches in wildlife or environmental protection legislation in relation to HS2 Ltd or its contractors in the last 5 years.

24th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2019 to Question 2632 on High Speed 2 Railway Line, how much of the (a) £827,218.15. and (b) £85,672,231.94. was paid in each year since the start of the High Speed Two project.

The costs paid to WS Atkins by HS2 Ltd and DfT for each financial year in respect to works on the High Speed rail line are as follows:

High Speed 2 Ltd:

Year

£m

2009/10

£ 1.24

2010/11

£ 0.39

2011/12

£ 0.54

2012/13

£ 18.23

2013/14

£ 23.54

2014/15

£ 8.60

2015/16

£ 19.63

2016/17

£ 9.86

2018/19

£ 3.10

2019/20

£ 0.54

Total

£ 85.67

Department for Transport:

Year

£k

2014/15

254.2

2015/16

213.6

2016/17

359.4

Total

827.2

21st Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list all payments to WS Atkins for work (a) on and (b) about High Speed Two made by (i) his Department and (ii) HS2 Ltd.

The costs paid to WS Atkins on the HS2 project date back to 2009. The department has paid £827,218.15. This principally relates to the passage of the hybrid Bill. HS2 Ltd has paid £85,672,231.94. This principally relates to engineering work on Phase One of the project.

17th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many former executives of HS2 Ltd are now working for consultants providing services to HS2 Ltd.

There are no former HS2 Ltd Executive Committee members currently working on the HS2 project. When a HS2 Executive leaves HS2 Ltd, HS2’s Conflicts of Interest Panel ensures that appropriate arrangements are in place with respect to that Executive’s new employer at the time of leaving HS2 to ensure there is no prejudice to HS2. The Panel remind departing Executives of their confidentiality obligations and depending upon their role have placed restrictions on such Executive to not to work with HS2 for up to 12 months after they leave direct employment. It is not necessary to put any such arrangements in place where the former Executive leaves HS2 to join a company who does not service the rail, construction or transport industry. Any constraints placed on a person’s ability to earn a living must be compliant with legal obligations around restraint of trade. Further, any supplier bidding for work with HS2 Ltd is required to disclose any potential conflicts of interest which would include where former HS2 Ltd employees are part of the bidding or proposed delivery team.

17th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the companies working for HS2 Ltd have no conflicts of interest.

HS2 Ltd has strict protocols in place to prevent any perceived or potential conflicts of interest. All staff are required to declare any conflicts of interest upon joining HS2 Ltd. An established HS2 Ltd Conflicts of Interest Panel is in place to review conflicts of interest matters both in relation to employees, procurements and the supply chain and to ensure appropriate and consistent actions are taken to mitigate any risks. As part of the procurement process, all bidders must declare any potential, perceived or actual conflicts the mitigating controls which are overseen by the Panel mentioned above.

15th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost was of the YouTube video HS2: Upgrading Britain’s Railways dated 8 October 2019.

High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd is the company responsible for developing and promoting Britain’s new high speed railway, HS2. The video, commissioned before the Oakervee review, explains how the plans for HS2, should the government choose to proceed with the project after receiving advice from the independent review, could serve the entire rail network by creating more space to improve reliability, reduce overcrowding and allow for growth in future passenger numbers. The work on this video was competitively tendered, with the contract awarded on 7 August 2019 at a cost £9,715 (excluding VAT).

25th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the salary is for the vacant post of HS2 Ltd Chief Operating Officer.

The role is not currently being advertised. However, salaries of all HS2 Ltd Board members are published in the Company’s Annual Report and Accounts, which is available here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/818262/HS2-AR19-BOOK.pdf

25th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many HS2 Ltd staff have received redundancy payments in each of the last six months; and what the amount of each of those payments was.

Over the last six months (March 2019- August 2019) four members of staff received redundancy payments totalling £10,237.50. Given the small number of cases, HS2 Ltd cannot provide a breakdown as this would identify the individuals.

25th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many HS2 Ltd personnel have received bonus payments in the last two years; and what the amount of each bonus payment was.

The remuneration, including any bonuses, for HS2 Ltd Board members is published annually in the Company’s Annual Report and Accounts. In the last two years four individuals received bonuses. The individual payments are as follows: £35,000; £46,000; £15,975; £24,710; and £36,743.

17th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July 2019 to Question 275643 on Railways: Surveys, what the (a) start and (b) end time was the gathering of information to prepare the National Rail Travel Survey December 2010.

The National Rail Travel Survey (NRTS) dataset is comprised of two principal components. The London Area Transport Survey (LATS) was conducted in 2000 and 2001 and covered London and South-East regions. A second wave covering the rest of Great Britain was undertaken during 2004 and 2005. Through both of these components, every national rail station in Great Britain was included in the survey.

Full details of the National Rail Travel Survey methodology can be found in the overview report available on the Department’s website at this address:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/73094/national-rail-travel-survey-overview-report.pdf

16th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July 2019 to Question 275643 on Railways: Surveys, if he publish the titles of the working documents his Department has developed that are based on information from National Rail Travel Survey December 2010.

The National Rail Travel Survey (NRTS) data were collected between 2000 and 2004/05. An overview report, most recently updated in 2010, is available on the Department’s website at this address:https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/73094/national-rail-travel-survey-overview-report.pdf.

This report is the only document which the Department has developed based on information from the NRTS.

16th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July 2019 to Question 275643 on Railways: Surveys, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of updating the National Rail travel survey.

The Department is currently considering updating the National Rail Travel Survey. Prior to making a final decision on proceeding we are about to embark on a formal supplier market engagement process through a DfT framework. Making our budget estimate public at this time could prejudice the Department’s ability to achieve value for money, so we are not able to share the estimate at present.

10th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department will update the National Rail Travel Overview Survey Report.

The Department is currently considering updating the National Rail Travel Survey, and will reach a decision in due course.

20th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, (a) how many and (b) in which locations are office premises to accommodate HS2 staff (i) owned, (ii) leased and (iii) rented; and what the (A) length of tenure, (B) annual cost or purchase price, (C) number of people working in and (D) who lessor or vendor is for each of those office premises in the latest period for which figures are available.

HS2 Ltd relocated its headquarters from London to the Midlands 3 years ago, and has now established a new base in Manchester city centre, emphasising the benefit of having a presence in areas along the route. Details of these office premises are detailed below.

Location

Tenure

Length of Tenure

No of Desks*

Lessor

Annual net total costs to meet all obligations under the lease/licence

£6,338,387

London (Euston)

Lease

10 years

948

Secretary of State for Transport

London (Westminster)

Civil Estate Occupancy Agreement

5 years

113

Department for Education

Birmingham (2 Snowhill)

Lease

15 years

1,060

2 Snowhill Birmingham SARL

Birmingham (1 Victoria Square)

Serviced Offices (Licence)

2 years

76

Regus

Manchester (Barlow House)

Lease

3 years

8

Secretary of State for Health

*HS2 Ltd operate a flexible working system and staff can work at any location, depending on business need(s). HS2 Ltd also co-locate with contractors. Therefore the number of desks does not directly relate to the number of HS2 Ltd staff working at each location.

20th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the numbers of properties acquired by HS2 to enable the construction; and how many of those properties (a) are empty and (b) have been let and how much rental income of those properties was; and how many of those properties have required repairs or renovations and what the cost of those repairs or renovations was.

We have acquired 529 properties within the current safeguarded area across the more than 300-mile-long HS2 route. Of those properties 262 are currently let and provided £3,066,662 of rental income in financial year 2018/19. The annualised rent roll for the total residential property portfolio - including the property in safeguarding - is currently £10,953,843.

All the properties acquired are likely to require a level of compliance, repair or refurbishment works prior to letting. As a competent landlord, we have a responsibility to ensure the properties we let are safe and are compliant. The residential properties we acquire have all been occupied by the previous owner and as such all have a degree of compliant work required, such as fire safety, to ensure they can be let without risk of harm to our tenants.

The cost of the works relating to the total residential property portfolio was £18,541,003 in financial year 2018/19.

20th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the latest estimate is at today's prices of the value of the properties that HS2 Ltd have purchased to facilitate the construction of High Speed Two.

Since the HS2 property compensation schemes were introduced, the Government has spent approximately £2.3 billion up to March 2019 (nominal prices) on land and property across the three phases. This has been used to acquire and provide compensation for properties across the more than 300 mile route which is expected to generate £92.2bn (2015 prices) of transport and wider economic benefits.

13th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which ecologists HS2 Ltd has employed to monitor tree and hedge netting along the route of High Speed Two; on what dates and at which locations nets were put in place; on what days and during which hours netted sites have been patrolled and checked by ecologists; and what wildlife has been caught in the nets and subsequently (a) perished or (b) been released.

HS2 Ltd has not directly employed ecologists to install, monitor or remove bird netting; HS2 Ltd contractors, Fusion JV, have employed the services of a sub-contractor for this work.

There have been deployments of bird netting in two areas on Phase One of HS2. In both areas no birds or other wildlife were trapped, injured or killed by the use of netting.

Netting was used by Western Power Distribution (WPD) near Silverstone in relation to utility works. The netting was installed on 4th and 5th February 2019 and was removed on 2nd April. WPD employed a suitably experienced ecologist for guidance to erect the netting and to carry out inspections of the netting. Inspections of the netted area were carried out on 12th, 14th, 20th, 22nd and 27th Feb and 1st, 5th, 7th, 14th, 15th, 18th, 20th, 21st, 26th and 29th March 2019. The inspections were carried out at differing times of the day and typically lasted 2 hours.

Secondly, netting was used by Fusion and National Grid near Quainton in relation to utility works. Hedge netting was installed on 6th March; the worksite was handed over from Fusion to National Grid on 4th April and National Grid confirmed they removed the netting on 15th April. Fusion employed a suitably experienced ecologist for guidance to erect and inspect the netting and National Grid employed a suitably experienced ecologist for monitoring and removal of the netting. Inspections of the netting were undertaken on the 7th, 15th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, March and the 2nd and 4th April, and then every couple of days until the netting was removed on 15th April.

9th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, why the board minutes of HS2 Ltd have not been made available since December 2018; and if he will publish those minutes immediately.
9th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 7 May 2019 to Question 249174, how many non disclosure agreements have been signed with HS2 Ltd.

Pursuant to Question 249174, the Department for Transport does not hold non-disclosure agreements with any individuals working on High Speed 2.

However, Confidentiality Agreements are used to protect both HS2 Ltd’s information and the information of the other signatory party and are in accordance with typical business practice. Confidentiality Agreements help to avoid placing homes and businesses in unnecessary blight and protect commercially sensitive information and the personal information of those potentially affected by any proposed changes. According to HS2 Ltd’s Confidentiality Register, there are 320 Confidentiality Agreements.

30th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people working on High Speed Two have signed a non disclosure agreement with his Department.

The Department for Transport does not hold non-disclosure agreements with any individuals working on High Speed 2.

24th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will halt all High Speed Two works in Buckinghamshire until the full designs have been completed and the costs of the project have been updated at today's prices.

HS2 is one of the most important infrastructure projects in the UK, supported by the House of Commons and by regional leaders across the country. It will regenerate and rebalance local economies and provide unmatched opportunities for passenger and freight travel. I have no intention of halting work on HS2 in Buckinghamshire or elsewhere.

There are already well over 7,000 people and 2,000 businesses working to deliver the HS2 project and early works are well underway.

Once HS2 Ltd has reached agreement with its suppliers and the Government is satisfied about both affordability and value for money, we will make a Full Business Case for Phase One. This will inform Notice to Proceed which is the formal contractual process which enables each Phase One supplier to move from design and development to construction.

23rd Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding his Department will provide for the special police force planned for policing the construction of High Speed Two.

There is no National Police Group established to guard HS2 and there is no special police force planned for policing the construction of HS2.

23rd Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will provide an update at today's costs of the total cost for the construction of High Speed Two.

HS2 Ltd is currently working with their contracted suppliers to update and agree the latest cost and schedule positions for Phase One. Once completed we will make these details public as part of the Phase One Full Business Case, which is due for publication later in 2019.

23rd Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the directors of HS2 Ltd and their annual salary or equivalent.
23rd Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which Minister in his Department authorised the establishment of a national police group to guard High Speed Two.

There is no National Police Group established to guard HS2 and there is no special police force planned for policing the construction of HS2.

23rd Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the additional police required to guard High Speed Two under the enhanced police service agreement in which HS2 Ltd pay for that service.

There is no National Police Group established to guard HS2 and there is no special police force planned for policing the construction of HS2.

29th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department last revised the modal shift data for High Speed Two; and if he will publish those findings.

HS2 Ltd regularly review assumptions for the purpose of economic modelling.

The proportion of passengers predicted to switch from car and air to HS2, was last published by HS2 Ltd in 2013. This information is provided from page 82 of the document linked here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/365065/S_A_1_Economic_case_0.pdf

The analysis will be updated to support future revisions to the Economic Case as part of planned updates to the HS2 Business Case. The proportion of HS2 demand predicted to have switched from air and car has not materially changed since the 2013 publication.

11th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many complaints have been made for noise disturbance from HS2 works in each of the past two years.

HS2 Ltd publishes a community engagement progress report on a six monthly basis, which includes data on complaints received by HS2 Ltd.

The first public progress report covering the period January to June 2018 was published in Autumn 2018, and can be found at: https://www.hs2.org.uk/documents/community-engagement-progress-report-january-to-june-2018/

11th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average length of time is for HS2 Ltd to answer complaints.

HS2 Ltd publishes a community engagement progress report on a six monthly basis, which includes data on complaints received by HS2 Ltd.

The first public progress report covering the period January to June 2018 was published in Autumn 2018, and can be found at: https://www.hs2.org.uk/documents/community-engagement-progress-report-january-to-june-2018/

11th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many claims have been received under the Small Claims Scheme for HS2; what the status is of each claim; and where what the remedy awarded was for each approved claim.

This is a matter for HS2 Ltd.

5th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2019 to Question 226005, High Speed 2 Railway Line, how much has been disbursed from the public purse on fees and disbursements to the barristers chambers referred to in relation to HS2 matters.

It would involve the Department in disproportionate cost to identify the fees paid to the named barristers specifically for HS2 matters.

4th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the (a) costs and (b) expenses attributed to the HS2 Design Panel since the Panel's formation.

This is a matter for HS2 Ltd.

26th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been disbursed from the public purse on barristers' legal fees and expenses for work relating to High Speed Two to (a) James Eadie QC, (b) Tim Mould QC, (c) James Strachan QC, (d) Justine Thornton QC, (e) Philip Moser QC, (f) Karen Steyn QC, (g) Jemima Stratford QC, (h) James Maurici QC, (i) Lisa Busch (now QC), (j) Andrew Sharland (now QC), (k) Julian Milford, (l) Richard Wald, (m) John Joliffe, (n) Jacqueline Lean, (o) Richard Turney, (p) Mark Westmoreland-Smith and (q) Clare Parry since 2010.

Having regard to the need to protect personal information the Department does not consider it would be appropriate to itemise the amount paid to individual barristers. It would also involve the Department in disproportionate cost to identify the fees paid specifically to some barristers rather than their chambers or for HS2 matters alone.

22nd Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has held with representatives of Fusion on the protection of wildlife on the 200 acres near Steeple Claydon due for clearance for High Speed Two.

HS2 Ltd on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport have been in regular dialogue with Fusion regarding vegetation clearance near Steeple Claydon. HS2 Ltd have carried out assurance on their contractors, including Fusion, to ensure that all relevant environmental due diligence has been followed. All direct and/or indirect HS2 activities have to comply with the Environmental Minimum Requirements as set out alongside the High Speed Rail (London to West Midland) Act 2017.

22nd Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taken to ensure the protection of (a) birds during the breeding season and (b) other wildlife at the protected nature reserve at Calvert Jubilee Buckinghamshire during ground clearance activities by HS2 Ltd.

HS2 Ltd and their contractors will comply with all relevant legislation, HS2 Environmental Minimum Requirements, as well as any applicable Protected Species Licences when dealing with ecology within HS2 limits. The following protection measures are in place for vegetation clearance activities:

A. For all birds during nesting season - A “Permit to Clear” System will apply. A suitably qualified ecologist will assess existing survey data and then verify this with surveys of the site in advance of the vegetation clearance taking place. Once the area has been confirmed to be free of nesting birds then clearance can commence.

B. Other wildlife at the Calvert Jubilee Local Nature Reserve – The “Permit to Clear” System is applicable; however, should the area be known to contain Protected Species, such as Great Crested Newt and Badgers, then the HS2 Ltd contractors will work in accordance with the HS2 Ltd organisational licences for these species. Where surveys identify other Protected Species present then contractors would undertake works in accordance with their legal protection and, where necessary, apply for mitigation licences from Natural England. Mitigation measures will be carried out under the supervision of suitably qualified ecologists where necessary.

22nd Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to the public purse was of the visit by (a) Stephen Clark, sponsor, High Speed Rail Group HS2 phase 2b (b) Andrew Rees, Head of Economic and Commercial Analysis HS2 Ltd and (c) Bernadette Hurd, Benefits Strategy and Capability Manager HS2 Ltd to the recent High Speed Rail event in Budapest.

The construction of HS2 will help to build the skills base the UK rail industry needs to export around the world. The UK High Speed Rail Workshop in Budapest on 20-21 February was funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from the Cross-Government Prosperity Fund, and organised in association with the Department for International Trade and the UK High Speed Rail Industry Leaders group to support UK suppliers developing international business and to promote investment into the UK. All costs incurred were in line with normal expense policies.

20th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the (a) permissions and (b) legal assurances for clearances of vegetation planned to take place on 200 acres near Steeple Claydon Buckinghamshire by (i) HS2 Ltd (ii) contractors working for HS2 Ltd; and the dates on which they were obtained.

The permissions to undertake the work in question cover the following:

Land

HS2 Ltd’s contractors will initially undertake the vegetation clearance work using access rights granted under Schedule 2 of the High Speed Rail (London to West Midlands) Act 2017 (“the HS2 Act”).

This involves engaging with the landowners to discuss minimising the impact of the work.

The required land will be acquired under Schedule 16 of the HS2 Act 2017, notices of which are imminent to the landowners.

Ecology & Environment

The vegetation clearance proposed will be undertaken in accordance with the following ecological consents and licences:

The HS2 Act HS2 Organisational European Protected Species Licence for Great Crested Newt WML025. First issued March 2017.

HS2 Organisational European Protected Species Licence for Badger WML024. First issued February 2018.

Highway Authority

HS2 Ltd is in the process of producing applications under schedule 4 of the HS2 Act which detail the highway traffic management that it plans to implement to undertake the works. These are subject to approval by the local highway authority.

Network Rail

The Asset Protection Agreement Brief, required under the Framework Asset Protection Agreement with Network Rail, is in place, under which the possessions are currently being requested. As part of its commitment to keep communities informed of works that may affect them, HS2 Ltd also issued an Advance Works Notification to people within the vicinity of the area to be cleared, advising them of the planned work and how it may affect the local community. This was issued in early February 2019.

20th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much HS2 Ltd spent on agency staff between 1 January 2018 and 30th June 2018; and how many agency staff were hired each such agency; and which agencies those agency staff were hired from.

The HS2 overall funding envelope is £55.7bn and we report annually via HS2 Ltd’s annual reporting account on overall spending.

20th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department will publish the spending over £25,000 from July 2018 to December 2018.

The Department for Transport is committed to the Government’s transparency agenda to make Government more open, and to strengthen public accountability by reporting on transactions that are over £25,000.

The data for financial transactions over £25,000 for July 2018 was published on 31st January 2019. The transactional data from August 2018 to January 2019 was published on 28 March 2019.

20th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the number of complaints that have been made under the HS2 complaints procedure since it was established with an outline of each complaint.

HS2 Ltd publish a community engagement progress report on a six monthly basis. This report includes data on the number of enquiries and complaints received by HS2 Ltd.

The first report covering the period January to June 2018 was published in Autumn 2018. This is available at https://www.hs2.org.uk/documents/community-engagement-progress-report-january-to-june-2018/.

During the period January to June 2018 165 complaints were received by HS2 Ltd.

The next report covering the period July to December 2018 will be published in Spring 2019.

20th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 2 September 2016 to Question 44231 on High Speed Two: Legal Costs, how much has been disbursed from the public purse in legal fees for solicitors, parliamentary agents, barristers and their staff working on behalf of HS2 Ltd since that date.

The HS2 overall funding envelope is £55.7bn and we report annually via HS2 Ltd’s annual report and accounts on overall spending.

20th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 November 2015 to Question 16832 on High Speed 2 Railway Line, which legal advisers and barristers have been used by (a) HS2 Ltd and (b) his Department in relation to High Speed Two since 23 November 2015; and how much each such legal professional (i) has been paid and (ii) is owed.

The HS2 overall funding envelope is £55.7bn and we report annually via HS2 Ltd’s annual report and accounts on overall spending.

20th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 23 November 2015 to Question 16832, what hourly rate has been agreed by his Department for each of the barristers that have carried out other HS2 work since 2010 as detailed in that answer; and if he will list those barristers against their hourly rate.

The Department has instructed a number of barristers in relation to HS2 work since 2010. They include James Eadie QC, Tim Mould QC, James Strachan QC, Justine Thornton QC, Philip Moser QC, Karen Steyn QC, Jemima Stratford QC, James Maurici QC, Lisa Busch (now QC), Andrew Sharland (now QC), Julian Milford, Richard Wald, John Joliffe, Jacqueline Lean, Richard Turney, Mark Westmoreland-Smith and Clare Parry. Each barrister has been remunerated at government hourly rates agreed with the Attorney General; in the case of junior counsel at the prevailing London panel counsel rates and for nominated Queen’s Counsel at the rates found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/attorney-generals-panel-counsel-appointments-membership-lists-and-off-panel-counsel

18th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February 2019 to Question 216885 on High Speed 2 Railway Line: Buckinghamshire, how long those sites will accommodate construction workers; and whether construction workers' families will also be accommodated on the sites.

Based on the Environmental Statement, the approximate duration for accommodation is 3 years 6 months at the A41 Bicester Road compound and 3 years 9 months at the Small Dean compound. The sites are for construction workers and not families.

18th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much under contract (a) has been paid and (b) will be paid by (i) HS2 Ltd and (ii) his Department in relation to High Speed Two to (A) Dods Group Plc for parliamentary monitoring and political services and (B) Edge Picture Company for corporate training, promotional and broadcast media films.

The HS2 overall funding envelope is £55.7bn and we report annually via HS2 Ltd’s annual reporting account on overall spending.

18th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much (a) has been and (b) is due to be paid to Soil Engineering Ltd for its work on High Speed Two.

Over 2000 businesses across the UK have been awarded contracts to deliver HS2 work. Each contract is commercially sensitive. The HS2 overall funding envelope is £55.7bn and we report annually via HS2 Ltd’s annual report and accounts on overall spending.

18th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the (a) visits and (b) (i) dates and (ii) locations of those visits which Mark Thurston has undertaken with High Speed Two contractors.

To date HS2 Ltd has over 2,000 contracts with UK-registered businesses, of which 70% are SMEs. Mark Thurston regularly meets with contractors and businesses in the HS2 supply chain across the country. It would involve disproportionate cost to provide details of the large number of meetings in the two years that Mark Thurston has been Chief Executive Officer of HS2 Ltd.

18th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many places have been made available at the National College for High Speed Rail in (a) Birmingham and (b) Doncaster in each year since that college was founded; how many students have (i) enrolled, (ii) dropped out and (iii) completed training at those colleges; and what qualifications were awarded to those students who completed such training.

Having been operational for only one full academic year, 48 students have so far completed their studies across both the Doncaster and Birmingham Campuses. 341 students have enrolled.

18th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the costs to the public purse have been for establishing the National College for High Speed Rail at (a) Doncaster and (b) Birmingham; how many staff are employed at each of those locations; how much has been spent on (i) salary and (ii) expenses costs for those staff; and what the annual running costs have been at each of those locations in the last 12 months for which information is available.

Capital funding of £33.3m was provided by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills to Birmingham City Council as Accountable Body towards capital costs associated with the establishment of The National College for High Speed Rail. The monies were paid between financial years 15-16 and 17-18.

In addition to this, £6m contributions were payable by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority (formally known as the Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, and Sheffield Combined Authority). The land at each site was donated by Birmingham City Council and Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council.


The College received a working capital loan from the Department for Education of £8.3m to fund its start-up, £4,710k being paid in March 2017 and £3,590k in January 2018. It also received a loan of £2,770k from HS2 Ltd, paid in March 2017. Interest is applicable on the loans at standard treasury rates.

A revenue grant of £4.55m is payable by the Department for Education between January 2019 and July 2020. £2m was paid January 2019, £1.75m becomes payable in June 2019 and £0.8m will be paid in June 2020.

Staffing

A total of 64 staff are employed at the National College for High Speed Rail, with 22 based in Doncaster and 42 in Birmingham.

Staffing costs per year:

Salary costs 2015/16 – £278k

Salary costs 2016/17 – £1,683k

Salary costs 2017/18 – £2,578k

Salary costs August 2018 to January 2019 - £1,390k

Expenses are included in the amounts above

Running/ premises costs

Annual running costs for the last 12 months where information is available – 12 months to July 2018: Total premises costs £874k of which Birmingham costs were £444k and Doncaster £430k.

18th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will (a) list the assurances made to petitioners that have been breached by HS2 Ltd and (b) provide the dates and details of each of those breaches.

(a) There has been one incident of non-compliance involving three related Undertakings and Assurances (U&As), numbers 1969, 2553 and 1976 on the Public Register.

(b) This incident of non-compliance occurred in the week commencing 16 October 2017. The incident involved the removal of tree branches for security reasons without prior engagement with the Woodland Trust, as required by the assurance. As soon as HS2 Ltd had identified this incident, works were stopped and the Woodland Trust was notified. A full investigation subsequently took place, the investigation findings were shared with the Trust, and mitigations recommended as a result of the investigation were put in place.

18th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when HS2 Ltd will publish the protocols for dealing with breaches of assurance.

In line with commitments made to the HS2 Phase 2a Commons Select Committee a protocol for how to report a possible non-compliance with an Undertaking or Assurance agreed for Phases 1 and 2a will be published no later than Royal Assent for the HS2 Phase 2a hybrid Bill.

18th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many HS2 Ltd staff left the company in each month of the last two years; and what the total number of staff on the payroll was in each of those months.

Information on the Number of HS2 Ltd staff who left the company and the headcount for each month in the last two years is set out in the table below.

All Payrolled staff1

Month

Headcount

Leavers

Jan-2017

1053

13

Feb-2017

1058

21

Mar-2017

1054

37

Apr-2017

1085

14

May-2017

1091

11

Jun-2017

1090

16

Jul-2017

1086

18

Aug-2017

1076

17

Sep-2017

1106

28

Oct-2017

1120

11

Nov-2017

1123

14

Dec-2017

1130

12

Jan-2018

1156

11

Feb-2018

1181

13

Mar-2018

1193

18

Apr-2018

1217

17

May-2018

1216

16

Jun-2018

1237

12

Jul-2018

1256

7

Aug-2018

1254

21

Sep-2018

1261

18

Oct-2018

1271

17

Nov-2018

1265

25

Dec-2018

1261

19

1) Figures include HS2 Permanent staff, HS2 Fixed Term Contract staff, Graduates and Apprenticeships and therefore the data includes staff with fixed term or temporary contracts which have a natural end date.

18th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department paid to contractors for (a) hotel accommodation and (b) travel costs in 2018.

The Department consists of a central department and four agencies (the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency, Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency, Vehicle Certification Agency and Maritime & Coastguard Agency). We have estimated that the information requested can only be provided at disproportionate cost and would exceed the £850 cost limit.

18th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many HS2 Ltd staff are working exclusively on mitigating the environmental effect caused by HS2 Ltd.

HS2 Ltd takes its environmental responsibilities seriously and seeks to reduce its environmental impacts across all staff and project disciplines. There are currently 82 HS2 Ltd staff working exclusively on mitigating the environmental effects of HS2. This includes individuals that are embedded within the organisation via HS2 Ltd’s development partner. These staff cover all project phases (Phases 1 and 2).

14th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 February 2019 to Question 219242 how much money (a) has been paid and (b) is waiting to be paid to legal firms or lawyers by (i) HS2 and (ii) his Department in respect of any aspect of High Speed Two in each of the last five years.

The HS2 budget is £55.7bn and legal costs are included therein.

13th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) proportion and (b) value of the spoil suitable for commercial sale from the tunnels for High Speed Two in Buckinghamshire.

No material arising from the tunnel would be suitable for commercial sale. 100% of the material will be utilised in the scheme for landscaping on the Western Valley Slopes, the area of restoration to the south of the Chiltern Tunnel South Portal.

13th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the the proposed High Speed Two tunnelling in Buckinghamshire will pass through ground which is clay with flints.

Approximately 200m of the tunnel will pass through a contiguous layer of clay with flints. This occurs for the final 200m of tunnelling near Great Missenden.

13th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2019 to Question 217418, how much of the £2,506,977.66 spent on rail fares by HS2 Ltd between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018 was spent on (a) first class fares, (b) second class fares and (c) fares that attract savings.

The breakdown of the £2,506,977 spent on rail fares by HS2 Ltd between 1 January and 31 December 2018 is as follows

a) £0 was spent on first class fares.

b) There are no second class fares*

c) A percentage saving was made on fares valuing £1,521,880

*£2,496,975 was spent on standard class and the remainder on Eurostar tickets

13th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the tunnelling works for High Speed Two in Buckinghamshire will pass through earth classified by the British Geological Survey as (a) white chalk subgroup, (b) grey chalk subgroup and (c) any other soils.

a) approximately 14,200 metres of the tunnels pass through a white chalk sub-group

b) approximately 1,000 metres of the tunnels pass through a grey chalk sub-group

c) approximately 200 metres of the tunnels pass through other soils (clay with flints)

13th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) HS2 Ltd personnel and (b) staff in his Department working on High Speed 2 have accommodation away from home paid for by HS2 Ltd or his Department for more than two nights per month.

a) There were a small number of HS2 Ltd personnel who stayed away from home for a minimum of 2 nights each month through 2018.

b) There were no DFT staff working on HS2 that had hotel accommodation for a minimum of 2 nights each month paid for by the Department through 2018.

11th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much money (a) has been paid and (b) is waiting to be paid to legal firms or lawyers by (i) HS2 and (ii) his Department in respect of any aspect of High Speed 2 in each of the last five years.

The HS2 budget is £55.7bn and legal costs are included therein.

8th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the proportion of capacity used was of trains between London and Birmingham during (a) peak and (b) out of peak hours in each of the last twelve months.

There are no published statistics on the train capacity used between London and Birmingham. The Department publishes rail crowding statistics by city which gives information on passenger numbers and capacity on arrival and departure from city centre stations.

Further information is available from the links below.

Peak rail capacity on a typical autumn weekday by city:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/728192/rai0212.ods

Peak rail capacity on a typical autumn weekday by London terminals:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/728193/rai0213.ods

7th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish (a) the names of the companies that made successful bids to build (i) Old Oak Common station and (ii) Euston station, (b) the dates on which the contracts for that work are expected to be signed and (c) the scope of the works in those contracts.

a. The names of the companies that made the successful bids are as follows: Euston: a Joint Venture between Mace Limited and Dragados S.A.; Old Oak Common: a Joint Venture between Balfour Beatty Group Ltd, VINCI Construction UK Ltd, VINCI Construction Grands Projets SAS and SYSTRA Ltd.

b. The standstill period is due to conclude at 23:59 on 15th February. HS2 Ltd intends to sign the Construction Partner Contracts shortly thereafter.

  1. The role of the Construction Partner will be to work with HS2 Ltd and the station designers to procure, integrate and manage the supply chain for each of the station construction projects.

7th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date he expects the main contractors building High Speed Two Phase 1 to commence their work.

Stage 1 of the main civil works contracts were awarded in July 2017 and contractors commenced design and development work then. Stage 2 of the contracts will commence when Government authorises Notice to Proceed later in 2019 and contractors will begin civil construction activities.

7th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the names of contractors and companies that have been paid more than £500,000 for work in connection with High Speed Two and the (a) amounts paid to and (b) works carried out by each of those contractors and companies since 1 January 2017.

This information is regularly published on the gov.uk website at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dft-departmental-spending-over-25000, which currently shows spending of over £25,000 up to and including July 2018.

6th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of (a) the hotel expenses paid for by HS2 Ltd in relation to HS2 Ltd personnel and (b) reimbursed to third parties by HS2 Ltd; if he will publish the (i) dates of stay and (ii) name of hotels used in relation to those costs; and the purpose of those visits between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018.

Hotel expenditure for HS2 Ltd personnel is £599,957.80 for the period 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018.

HS2 Ltd do not hold a central register of third party hotel costs from our contracts. Where relevant, third party suppliers would include such expenditure with other costs which they invoice to HS2 Ltd. Each invoice is checked to ensure that it is genuine and in line with the contract and HS2 Ltd’s Expenses Policy, but a separate register of all hotel costs is not collated.

6th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost of train tickets purchased for travel by (a) people working for HS2 Ltd and (b) reimbursed to any third party by HS2 Ltd; which departure and station and arrival station the tickets were used for; and the class of travel between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018.

The expenditure on train travel for HS2 Ltd personnel is £2,506,977.66 for the period 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018.

HS2 Ltd do not hold a central register of third party travel costs from their contracts. Where relevant, third party suppliers would include such expenditure with other costs they invoice back to HS2 Ltd. Each invoice is checked to ensure it is genuine and in line with the contract and HS2 Ltd Expenses Policy, but a separate register of all travel costs is not collated.

5th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the most recent estimate is of the number of HS2 Ltd workers planned to be housed near the Phase one line in the Chesham and Amersham and Aylesbury constituencies.

The Environmental Statement has 2 main areas of accommodation sites for construction workers in the Aylesbury area. The A41 Bicester Road has living accommodation for 60-200 people and the Small Dean Compound (near Wendover) has living accommodation for 170-240 people. There is no provision for living accommodation at the vent shaft sites in the Chesham and Amersham constituency.

5th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which local authorities have been required to sign non disclosure agreements with HS2 Ltd since 2010.

HS2 Ltd’s records regarding non-disclosure agreements (or confidentiality agreements) date back to 2012. These agreements enable the sharing of confidential or commercially sensitive information with local authorities in connection with the delivery of HS2 and are entered into by mutual consent.

Disclosure of these agreements is subject to obligations of confidentiality but, to the extent I can identify local authorities, the following have entered into such agreements:

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Warwickshire County Council

Staffordshire County Council

Lichfield District Council

Stafford Borough Council

Cheshire East Council

Shropshire Council

Bolsover District Council

Erewash Borough Council

Trafford Borough Council

Cheshire East Council

Nottingham City Council

North East Derbyshire District Council

Rushcliffe Borough Council

North Yorkshire County Council

Doncaster Borough Council

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Chesterfield Borough Council

Leeds City Council

Council of the City of Wakefield

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough council

North West Leicestershire District Council

Nottinghamshire County Council

Cheshire West & Chester Council

Warwickshire County Council

Tamworth Borough Council

Newcastle Under Lyme Borough Council

Stoke City Council;

Warrington Borough Council; and

Derbyshire County Council

5th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish an estimate of the costs to the economy of the closures of Euston station due to High Speed Two preparations.

The Department does not hold any estimate of the cost to the economy of these planned engineering works. The implementation of the HS2 Phase One works have been designed to reduce as far as reasonably practical the disruption to rail services and passengers at Euston. Network Rail are planning to undertake some engineering works as part of the HS2 preparations that will require short closures of Euston Station. Where possible these short closures, which typically occur at weekends or bank holidays, are planned to coincide with wider Network Rail planned engineering works, for which the station would already need to be closed.

5th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timeframe is for the commencement of tunnelling works for HS2 in Buckinghamshire.

The anticipated timeframe for HS2’s main works civil contractor to mobilise to the Chiltern Tunnel south portal site is the second half of 2019. It is expected that the tunnel drive will start in late 2020.

5th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what fees (a) have already been paid and (b) are due to be paid to (i) WSP and (ii) WilkinsonEyre for design work on High Speed Two.

WSP UK Limited acts as the station design contractor for Old Oak Common and Birmingham Curzon Street stations, which were awarded in February 2018. WSP has been paid £20,362,000 for design work related to Old Oak Common and £13,266,710 for design work related to Birmingham Curzon Street. WSP UK Ltd also performs a number of other advisory and engineering support functions for HS2 Ltd, including developing the RIBA2 design for Euston where it was paid £11,102,531.

Wikinson Eyre Architects Limited supports HS2 Ltd’s station designers for Old Oak Common (WSP UK Limited) and Birmingham Interchange (Ove Arup & Partners International Limited). Wilkinson Eyre are paid as a sub-contractor to the station designers and not directly by HS2 Ltd meaning that no information is held on the amount paid for design work.

5th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the results of the review into the business case for High Speed Two Phase 1 will be published.

HS2 Ltd are currently working with their contracted suppliers to update and agree the latest cost and schedule positions for Phase One. Once completed we will make these details public as part of the Phase One Full Business Case, which is due for publication later in 2019.

5th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, at what speeds High Speed 2 trains are planned to operate on the High Speed 2 Phase one section.

Trains on High Speed 2 Phase 1 are planned to operate at up to 360km/h (225mph).

5th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much HS2 Ltd has spent on agency staff since July 2018; and how many agency staff from which agencies that spending was so spent on.

For the 6 months from July to December 2018, HS2 Ltd’s total expenditure is £5,663,422 for an average of 89 FTE agency staff per month over this period. HS2 Ltd’s agency staff are predominantly sourced through their Neutral Vendor arrangement with Comensura.

In addition there are a small number sourced through the following agencies: Office Angels; CJ Associates; Equib Limited; Park Street Partners Ltd; and Stratia Consulting Ltd.

17th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many of the 38 owner-occupiers in Chalfont St Giles who were sent a Land Interest Questionnaire by HS2 in the last three months will now have their land or part of their land taken on a temporary basis; for what period of time that land will be required; and what compensation will be offered.

In late 2018, 38 enquiry documents (36 Land Interest Questionnaires and two Confirmation Schedules) were issued to the residents of Jack Hearne House. Design and investigation works are continuing and at this stage it is not known whether this land will ultimately be needed as part of the scheme. Subject to the results of investigation works it is expected that, if needed at all, any temporary requirement for land would relate to access to undertake works on the River Misbourne and should not directly impact the residents of the flats. It is premature to establish what, if any, level of expected compensation would be payable under Schedule 16 of the High Speed Rail (London to West Midlands) Act 2017.

17th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish revised estimates for the (a) additional costs identified through the ground investigations for phase two of High Speed Two and (b) construction costs of phase two.

Updated cost estimates will be published in our next updated business cases for Phase 2a and 2b.

19th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the BBC Panorama programme of 17 November 2018, what assessment he has made of the validity of the reports on that programme of the financial situation of HS2.

The HS2 land and property budget has evolved as the programme has developed. The Government welcomed the National Audit Office (NAO) report in September 2018 into the HS2 Phase One property acquisition programme.

The report found that the property cost estimate had increased significantly from 2012 to 2017 and set out that this kind of change was to be expected on a large complex project such as HS2. The NAO noted that the increase included route changes as a result of public consultation, in response to the requests of petitioners during the parliamentary process leading up to Royal Assent and the introduction of additional property compensation schemes.

There is also the fact that detailed land cost assessments were not possible until after Royal Assent was achieved, and re-assessing land values from 2011 prices. The Government followed the correct process in terms of how it updated Parliament of the Phase One property costs.

As reported by the NAO, HS2 Ltd has forecasted that the cost to acquire land and property for Phase One of the route would be £3,356 million.

18th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many letters have been sent in the last three months by WSP Land Services on behalf of HS2 to Chesham and Amersham residents on preparing and serving the relevant notices for surveys and possession for constructing the railway.

184 letters were sent to residents (postcodes beginning HP5 – HP8 and HP16) in the last three months by WSP Land Services on preparing and serving the relevant notices. These letters were issued to solicit further information regarding property ownership/occupation, and to refresh data to ensure current accuracy ahead of service of notice.

3rd Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much severance pay the Chairman of HS2 Ltd is entitled to.

Sir Terry resigned from his position as Chair. There will be no severance payment, which is consistent with the terms and conditions of this Chair role.

3rd Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the (a) data his Department holds on the number of HS2 Ltd (i) directors and (ii) non-executive directors in each of the last five years, and (b) dates of service for each of those individuals.

Information about Director and non-Executive Directors positions is routinely published in HS2 Ltd’s Annual Report and Accounts.

3rd Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the information his Department holds on the number of HS2 Ltd (a) personnel and (b) former personnel that have initiated a grievance process against HS2 Ltd; and what the outcome was of each of those grievance processes.

The Secretary of State does not intend to publish such data as the grievance process is managed by HS2 Ltd’s own HR function. It is not appropriate for HS2 Ltd to release information about the outcome of those grievance processes as they relate to individual cases.

3rd Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many HS2 Ltd personnel have (a) been dismissed, (b) resigned and (c) made redundant in each of the last five years.

Leaving Reason

FY 2018-19*

FY 2017-2018

FY 2016-2017

FY 2015-2016

FY 2014-2015

Resignation

103

90

87

51

13

Dismissal

2

2

3

4

2

Redundancy**

13

34

28

0

0

*2018/19 figures are as of 30th November 2018.

** Redundancy figures represent compulsory redundancies only

21st Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what risk assessments have been made by (a) his Department and (b) HS2 Ltd on the effect of local government reorganisation in Buckinghamshire on the efficiency of (i) local community protection by Buckinghamshire local authorities and (ii) interaction between those authorities and HS2 Ltd.

Neither the Department, nor HS2 Ltd, anticipate that the local government reorganisation in Buckinghamshire will have any significant impact on the efficiency of (i) local community protection by Buckinghamshire local authorities, in relation to HS2, or (ii) interaction between those authorities and HS2 Ltd.

The Department and HS2 Ltd work closely with all Buckinghamshire local authorities and have regular meetings at all levels. As the detail emerges of how the local structures and ways of working are likely to change, these discussions will continue as necessary to maintain smooth interactions.

21st Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has discussed the implications of local government reorganisation in Buckinghamshire at any HS2 Ltd Board meetings to date.

The Secretary of State for Transport does not attend HS2 Ltd Board meetings.

Neither the Department nor HS2 Ltd have held formal discussions on this matter to date. However, the potential impact of the proposed changes has been discussed informally and will continue to be addressed as necessary to maintain smooth interactions between the parties.

9th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the (a) annual salary and (b) number of hours worked each month for each member of the board of HS2 Ltd.

Non-Executive Directors are paid a fee rather than a salary and this information, together with the salaries of Executive Directors, is disclosed in the Annual Report and Accounts available at https://www.hs2.org.uk/documents/collections/hs2-ltd-corporate-reports/. Non-Executive Board members are required to work an average of two days per calendar month as per their Terms and Conditions of Appointment and receive a fee of £950 per day. Additional days worked are remunerated at the same daily rate upon presentation of days worked. Therefore we do not record hours. The Non-Executive Chairman receives an annual rate of £200,000 on the expectation of an average time commitment of 2.5 days per week.

9th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the costs of Phase 1 of High Speed Two at today's prices.

The anticipated final cost of the HS2 project is reported at the most recent Spending Review price base i.e. 1q 2015. Consideration will be given on whether the price base will be revised as part of the anticipated 2019 Spending Review Settlement.

9th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, will he publish the revised business case for Phase 1 of HS2 in the event that any of the Phase 2 lines are not built.

The next update of the business case for HS2 will be published prior to the authorisation of Notice to Proceed for Stage 2 (main construction) of the Main Work Civils Contracts, for Phase One.

As with previous business cases, this will show the value for money of each phase of the network as well as the ‘full Y’.

The Government remains committed to fulfilling its manifesto commitment to progressing High Speed 2. As set out in DfT’s Single Departmental Plan, the Government’s stated intention is to deliver the ‘full Y’ network.

17th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the construction of High Speed Two on the (a) habitat and (b) population of barn owls.

The impact of HS2 on barn owls was assessed to inform the Phase One Environmental Statement which recorded a nationally significant adverse effect on the UK’s barn owl population.

HS2 Ltd has therefore developed a barn owl mitigation plan to reduce this significant effect. The plan assumes that 80 pairs are affected by the Phase One Scheme and consists of measures to: avoid disturbance to the species during construction; reduce the collision risk of the railway to the birds; provide new artificial nesting sites at a safe distance; and monitor the new nesting sites to ensure uptake by barn owls.

The potential effects on barn owls have also been assessed in the Phase 2a Environmental Statement, and will be assessed in a Phase 2b Environmental Statement in due course.

3rd Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the appointment of the HS2 Construction Commissioner has been confirmed.

Following an open and fair competition, it is expected that a permanent Independent Construction Commissioner will be announced shortly once the relevant processes and clearances have been undertaken.

3rd Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the tunnelling of High Speed Two under the Chilterns is planned to involve Bentonite under pressure.

The operation of the Chiltern tunnel Tunnel Boring Machine will not use bentonite. As HS2 Ltd have always made clear, they will not begin works in the area until the Environment Agency is satisfied with their final approach.

However, it is currently proposed that Bentonite will be used in the construction of the diaphragm walls for the 5 intermediate shafts. Prior to the use of bentonite in these locations the construction methodology dictates that the ground surrounding the diaphragm walls will be grouted, therefore sealing and protecting the ground water from the bentonite.

3rd Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what break clauses have been written into the contracts for High Speed Two contractors working on Phase One; and in what circumstances those clauses can be triggered.

There are break clauses in the contracts between HS2 and its suppliers. The precise wording is dependent upon a number of factors and is negotiated with individual suppliers on a case-by-case basis, taking account of all of the surrounding circumstances.

18th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 June 2018 to Question 152623 on High Speed Two: Staff, if he will publish the (a) salary scales of those new employees and (b) the numbers of those new employees in each such salary scale.

All staff employed by HS2 Ltd are subject to the following pay bands; bands up to Band 23 are listed in the table below. HS2 Ltd senior salaries over £150,000 per annum are published annually by the Cabinet Office here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/senior-officials-high-earners-salaries

Joiners & Grades

London

Regional

Grades

Number of Joiners 2018

Min

Max

Min

Max

11

12

£23,400

£35,150

£20,900

£31,300

12

10

£25,050

£37,600

£22,300

£33,500

13

6

£28,400

£42,600

£25,250

£37,900

14

28

£33,850

£50,800

£30,150

£45,250

15

*

£36,550

£54,900

£32,600

£48,900

16

29

£39,250

£58,900

£36,300

£54,450

17

13

£43,750

£65,600

£40,750

£61,150

18

22

£53,850

£80,800

£47,450

£71,150

19

7

£63,050

£94,550

£54,500

£81,750

20

*

£79,300

£119,000

£67,450

£101,200

21

*

£91,000

£136,500

£84,300

£126,500

22

0

These are Senior Level positions & would be included on Transparency Data

These are Senior Level positions & would be included on Transparency Data

23

3

TOTAL

143

* As the total number of new employees at these grades numbers 5 or less, and could be used to identify individuals (which would be in breach of data protection principles) we are not specifying the number at this grade.

18th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the notice to proceed on the main civils works concept and design stage of High Speed 2 Phase 1 has been extended from November 2018 to June 2019; and for what reasons that extension has been so made.

Notice to Proceed is the point at which the Phase One Main Works Civils suppliers are authorised by HS2 Ltd to proceed to Stage 2 of the contracts (detailed design and construction).

HS2 Ltd is the procurement authority for the Main Works Civils contracts. All decisions related to this procurement are made by HS2 Ltd’s Board. Having carried out the biggest ground investigation exercise this country has ever seen, involving some 8,000 bore holes, HS2 Ltd are now using the knowledge gained, along with the European expertise in each Joint Venture to complete the initial design phase. This process will drive out risk and increase cost certainties prior to starting construction. HS2 Ltd’s Board has recently decided to move the date of Notice to Proceed from 1 March 2019 to 1 June 2019 in order to provide suppliers with additional time to optimise their designs. HS2 Ltd’s latest advice to Government is that Phase One service opening dates are unaffected.

18th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the initial cost estimates for the four joint ventures working on the seven packages of the civils works contracts on High Speed 2 Phase 1 submitted at the end of the third checkpoint have come in over their original budget; and by how much each such (a) joint venture and (b) package has so gone over that budget.

In July 2017 HS2 Ltd awarded Stage 1 of seven Main Works Civils Contracts (MWCCs) to four joint venture companies. Stage 1 activities include design works that enable the suppliers to confirm and agree the price and schedule for the subsequent (Stage 2) detailed design and construction. There are a series of gateway reviews which lead to an agreed price and schedule prior to Notice to Proceed, and suppliers have recently submitted responses to the third (out of six) gateway review.

HS2 Ltd is currently working with the joint ventures to progress design development and agree final cost estimates for the Main Works Civils for Phase One. HS2 Ltd is still in commercial discussions with these joint ventures and has not yet authorised Stage 2 of these contracts. It is not appropriate to set out detailed cost estimates for each package at this stage as this information is commercially sensitive and also incomplete. HS2 Ltd and the suppliers will work together to ensure the successful delivery of HS2 within the agreed budget. In the event that acceptable prices cannot be agreed HS2 Ltd can re-tender specific contracts.

The Department for Transport will set out a full affordability assessment as part of the Full Business Case for Phase One, which will be published prior to Notice to Proceed.

18th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been paid to each of the four joint ventures working on High Speed 2 Phase 1.

Approximately £173.2m has been spent to 18th June excluding VAT. This represents around 2.6% of total contract value.

12th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the next review of High Speed 2 Phase One by the Infrastructure and Projects Authority is planned be undertaken.

The next review of HS2 Phase One will take place in September 2018, and the Terms of Reference will be agreed with the Infrastructure and Projects Authority over the summer. We do not publish either the terms of reference or the outcomes of these reviews as this would prejudice the safe space for policy formulation.

12th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for the details of the review of High Speed 2 Phase One to be agreed with the Infrastructure and Projects Authority; and if he will publish those details once so agreed.

The next review of HS2 Phase One will take place in September 2018, and the Terms of Reference will be agreed with the Infrastructure and Projects Authority over the summer. We do not publish either the terms of reference or the outcomes of these reviews as this would prejudice the safe space for policy formulation.

12th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which posts have been filled at HS2 Ltd since the start of 2018; and what the (a) job title and (b) salary range is for each post.

HS2 Ltd have had 143 new starters in 2018. It would be inappropriate to provide a list of job titles and the salary for each individual employee for these posts. Disclosure of this information would be in breach of data protection principles.

12th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many officials in his Department are working (a) full-time and (b) part-time on High Speed Two; and what the (i) grade and (ii) salary range is of those officials.

Please see the below table with the number of members within the different grades working in HS2 and their salary ranges.

Levels of Grades within High Speed Rail Group

Number of Members

Salary Range Min to Max

SCSPB3

1

£104,000

£208,200

SCSPB2

3

£93,000

£162,500

SCSPB1

15

£66,276

£117,800

Grade 6

20

£62,519

£70,859

Grade 7

33

£51,238

£57,506

SEO

13

£41,587

£45,747

HEO

20

£33,990

£36,880

EO

16

£28,876

£29,763

AO

2

£24,855

£24,855

6th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of High Speed Two, Phase 1 at today's prices.

A long term funding envelope of £27.18bn has been established for HS2 Phase 1, expressed in 2015 prices. We are determined to deliver Phase 1 within this amount to provide the best value for tax payers. On this basis, all costs are expressed in a comparable price base to ensure we effectively monitor progress towards this objective.

6th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the correspondence on the costs of High Speed Two between (a) himself, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department and Mark Thurston, Chief Executive of High Speed Two since Mr Thurston's appointment as Chief Executive.

No. We do not routinely publish correspondence between Ministers, officials and third parties.

23rd May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the framework agreement between the Secretary of State for Transport and High Speed 2 Limited, published by his Department on 23 May 2018, for what reason his Department has not updated the HS2 Ltd’s Board minutes on gov.uk since November 2017.

HS2 Ltd have now published Board Minutes up to March 2018. HS2 Ltd have a quality assurance process ensuring public confidence and accuracy in the information it is disclosing.

HS2 Ltd are committed to being an open and transparent organisation and regularly publish large volumes of information about how it is developing and delivering Europe’s largest infrastructure project.

3rd May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to the public purse was of the administrative error that resulted in personalised envelopes and communications being sent to people in Garthdee and Ferryhill in Scotland on work due to take place in Calvert in Buckinghamshire.

I can confirm that there will be no cost incurred by the taxpayer as a result of this error. The supplier responsible for distributing notifications will cover the cost of the original erroneous correspondence.

3rd May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has taken steps to commission a strategic environmental assessment for the proposed routes for the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway.

The Oxford to Cambridge Expressway will be subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment. A Strategic Environmental Assessment will not be required.

3rd May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the reasons were for notices relating to work on High Speed Two in Birmingham being sent to residents in Scotland; and what steps his Department is taking to ensure that communications errors on High Speed Two are not repeated.

HS2 Ltd are investigating a technical error that unfortunately resulted in notices being sent to incorrect addresses, and are reviewing the process and systems used to distribute resident correspondence to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.

30th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what correspondence he has entered into with HS2 Ltd on its engagement with the National Trust; and if he will publish those exchanges.

There has not been any correspondence between the Secretary of State and HS2 Limited (HS2 Ltd) on HS2 Ltd’s engagement with the National Trust.

I am grateful to the National Trust for its constructive engagement with both the Department for Transport (DfT) and HS2 Ltd to date. I would welcome further engagement as the scheme progresses.

18th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many rapid electric taxi charging points have been installed on (a) the Transport for London road network and (b) other roads in London boroughs; and what the locations of each of those charging points is.

Currently forty five dedicated rapid electric taxi chargepoints have been installed across London, the locations for these can be found in the table below.

Location

Land Ownership

London Borough

Arnos Grove Station Car Park

TfL Land

Enfield

Oakwood Station Car Park

TfL Land

Enfield

Brent Cross Station Car Park

TfL Land

Barnet

Fairlop Station Car Park

TfL Land

Redbridge

Newbury Park Station Car Park

TfL Land

Redbridge

Ruislip Gardens Station Car Park

TfL Land

Hillingdon

Wanstead Station Car Park

TfL Land

Redbridge

South-Harrow Station Car Park

TfL Land

Harrow

Wembley Park Station Car Park

TfL Land

Brent

Hainault Station Car Park

TfL Land

Redbridge

Harrow-On-The-Hill Station Car Park

TfL Land

Harrow

Leytonstone Station Car Park

TfL Land

Waltham Forest

South Woodford Station Car Park

TfL Land

Redbridge

South-Ruislip Station Car Park

TfL Land

Hillingdon

East Finchley Station Car Park

TfL Land

Barnet

Totteridge & Whetstone Station Car Park

TfL Land

Barnet

103 Southwark Street

TFL Highway

Southwark

76-80 Tower Bridge Road

TFL Highway

Southwark

Mill Hill East Station Car Park

TfL Land

Barnet

Queensbury Station Car Park

TfL Land

Brent

Watford Station Car Park

TfL Land

Outside London

48 Southwark Street

TFL Highway

Southwark

76 Southwark Street

TFL Highway

Southwark

49 Southwark Street

TFL Highway

Southwark

3. Lidlington Place, loading bay on south side of carriageway outside Esc

TFL Highway

Camden

Great Dover Street northbound,

TFL Highway

Southwark

16 Talgarth Road

TFL Highway

Hammersmith & Fu

Woodside-Park Station Car Park

TfL Land

Barnet

London Road south of Heathview Road

TFL Highway

Croydon

Hounslow-West Station Car Park

TfL Land

Hounslow

Osterley Station Car Park

TfL Land

Hounslow

Theydon-Bois Station Car Park

TfL Land

Outside London

38 Great Cambridge Road

TFL Highway

Haringey

261 Battersea Park Road east of Forfar Road

TFL Highway

Wandsworth

Heathrow

Private Land

Hillingdon

Perivale Station Car Park

TfL Land

Ealing

294 Euston Road

TFL Highway

Camden

Battersea Park Road opp Beechmore Road (Wtnd)

TFL Highway

Wandsworth

Richmond Circus - South side

TFL Highway

Richmond

Outside & Opposite Theodore, Jansen and Leight House

TFL Highway

Wandsworth

East of 27/001 there is layby parking

TFL Highway

Hammersmith & Fu

Hornchurch Station Car Park

TfL Land

Havering

Opposite 167 - 171 Isledon Road

TFL Highway

Islington

Burdett Road south of Portia way

TFL Highway

Tower Hamlets

Barkingside Station Car Park

TfL Land

Redbridge

23rd Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2018 to Question 122605 will he publish the clauses of the contract between HS2 Ltd and CEK JV for HS2 that guarantee the full delivery of the HS2 contract now that Carillion is unable to fulfil any part of that contract.

As a Joint Venture CEK were subject to the following contractual clause:

Z12 Joint and several liability

Z12.1 If the Contractor is a Joint Venture

(1) each of the parties comprising the Joint Venture are jointly and severally liable to the Employer for the performance of this contract and all liabilities, acts and omissions of the Contractor under or in connection with this contract are the liabilities, acts or omissions of each party comprising the Joint Venture under or in connection with this contract,

(2) without limiting or prejudicing any other provisions of this contract, if any of the parties comprising the Joint Venture ceases to be a member of the Joint Venture or suffers one of the events described in clause 91.1, the other parties or party carry out and complete the works in accordance with this contract,

(3) the Contractor gives notice to the Employer and the Project Manager as to which of the parties comprising the Joint Venture has the authority to bind the Contractor for all the purposes of this contract and

(4) the Contractor keeps the Employer and the Project Manager informed promptly of any changes in the Joint Venture whether in relation to any incorporated entity or its constituent entities or the entities forming an unincorporated joint venture, including changes in legal status, the occurrence of any of the events described in clause 91.1, amalgamation, demerger, merger, deterioration in financial condition, de-ratings, major legal claims and suits, and any other matter or circumstance that could reasonably be deemed to be of concern to the Employer or the Project Manager.

[Regarding (4) above, Carillion Construction Limited was subject to an ‘event described in clause 91.1’ when it was put into liquidation on 15 January 2018]

16th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the capacity of Kier and Eiffage to deliver the contracts for HS2 previously awarded to those companies and Carillion.

HS2 Ltd undertook due diligence on all bids prior to the MWCC Award in July. HS2 has carried out additional due diligence and sought re-assurance of both Joint Venture partners, Kier and Eiffage, that they remain committed and capable to deliver the contract. Each company's Boards have both given that assurance and confirmed that they underwrite the performance of each other and have the capacity to deliver the HS2 contract.

16th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff from (a) Carillion, (b) Eiffage and (c) Kier have been (i) seconded to or (ii) worked in the offices of HS2 Ltd or his Department over the last five years.

i) Neither the Department or HS2 Ltd have a record of any secondments from a) Carillion, (b) Eiffage and (c) Kier since 2012.

ii) Neither the Department or HS2 Ltd hold the data requested.

16th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff were working on the HS2 phase 1 contract at Carillion when that company went into liquidation; and whether under the terms of the HS2 contract with CEK JV those staff will be offered a TUPE transfer to Kier or Eiffage.

The number of Carillion staff employed in the joint venture working on HS2 Phase One on Monday 15 January, date of liquidation, was 51. Eiffage and Kier’s aim is to make an offer to bring all 51 employees into either company; however not necessarily all will take up that offer.

Discussions led by senior representatives from Eiffage and Kier are proposing that all Carillion staff deployed on the HS2 project would be given offers to remain on the project with equivalent service conditions as before to ensure continuity of service to HS2.

16th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the financial effect on the High Speed Two project of Carillion entering liquidation; and if he will publish that assessment.

The CEK joint venture has provided HS2 Ltd with assurances that in the event any member of the group being unable to deliver on its responsibilities, the remaining members, now Eiffage and Kier, would fill the gap.

16th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to recover the £1.7million of unauthorised redundancy payments made by HS2; and if he will make a statement.

We have made clear to HS2 Ltd that we expect them to always meet their obligations and responsibilities to the taxpayer. The progress of HS2 should not come at the expense of proper control over public money and HS2 Ltd fully accepts and understands this.

However, HS2 Ltd have a legal obligation to honour the redundancy payments made to individuals who were employed and so will not be seeking their recovery. HS2 Ltd will manage these payments within their existing budgets and as such the Department for Transport will not be providing any additional funds to cover these costs.

HS2 Ltd are putting in place controls to ensure that this does not happen again.

15th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to work with airlines and airports to enable wheelchair users to board and travel on aeroplanes with comfort and dignity.

The rights of disabled persons and those with reduced mobility when travelling by air are important to the Government, and we are keen to see improvements happen where necessary. We welcome innovative ideas being discussed, such as the campaign “Flying Disabled” that champions wheelchair access to aircraft. The campaign is in early stages, with the industry looking further into the proposal. The Government will follow this work closely.

More widely, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is the national enforcement body for disabled passenger rights legislation in the UK. They work closely with the industry and monitor their performance to ensure the service the passengers receive is of high quality. The CAA publishes a report annually in which the UK airports are ranked as “very good”, “good” or “poor” in relation to the services and assistance they provide to disabled passengers and those with reduced mobility.

15th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will (a) publish the Government's contracts with Carillion for all works relating or connected to High Speed Two and (b) place copies of those contracts in the Library.

HS2 Ltd has no direct contract with Carillion. The contract is with the CEK Joint Venture which is commercially sensitive. The CEK joint venture has provided HS2 Ltd with assurances that in the event any member of the group being unable to deliver on its responsibilities, the remaining members, now Eiffage and Kier, would fill the gap.

5th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 21 December 2017 to Question 120015 on High Speed 2 railway line, if he will name (a) all 12 applications made to the HS2 Community and Environment Fund, (b) the six successful applicants and (c) identify which of those applicants have accepted the terms and conditions.

As stated in the answer given by the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, the Hon Member for Blackpool North and Cleveleys (Paul Maynard) of 21 December 2017, it is anticipated that an announcement will be made in early 2018 with news of the first accepted awards made and their locations.

18th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which people are responsible for taking decisions on the HS2 (a) Community and Environment and (b) Business and Local Economy Funds; what meetings they have attended in connection with those responsibilities; and what the decisions were which were on the agenda of each of those meetings.

Decisions on either the Community and Environment Fund or the Business and Local Economy Fund follow the same process. Awards below £75,000 are assessed and determined by staff at the Grant Management Body appointed for this purpose (Groundwork UK). Above this threshold, awards are assessed by Groundwork UK and then considered by an independent Panel. The Independent Panel makes a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Transport, who takes the decision. In practice, this decision may be delegated to either another Minister or a Senior Civil Servant.

Groundwork had 13 internal panel meetings in 2017 and the Independent Panel (marked with * below) met 3 times. The projects for decision on the agenda at each meeting were as follows:

Meeting date

Applicant

20/02/2017*

N/A

11/03/2017

Dr Challoner’s Grammar School

11/03/2017

Guild Hall St Mary’s Lichfield

25/05/2017

Bishops Itchington Primary School

25/05/2017

Holmer Green Cricket Club

06/06/2017*

N/A

08/06/2017

West Euston Partnership

08/06/2017

Friends of the Earth (Birmingham) Ltd

08/06/2017

Wells House Road Residents Association

04/07/2017

Hampton in Arden Parish Council

10/08/2017

Richings Park Sports Club Ltd

10/08/2017

Helmdon Acorns Pre-School

10/08/2017

Buckinghamshire Business First

18/08/2017

FareShare

18/08/2017

Buckinghamshire Business First

18/08/2017

Colton Village Hall

31/08/2017

Castlehaven Community Association

31/08/2017

AY Recruitment

31/08/2017

Chiltern Conservation Board

31/08/2017

Camden Collective

07/09/2017

Solihull Community Housing Limited

13/09/2017

Steeple Claydon Methodist Church

13/09/2017

Chiltern Conservation Board

27/09/2017*

Forest Enterprise England

05/10/2017

Camden People's Theatre

05/10/2017

Bengali Workers Association

05/10/2017

Padbury Village Football Club

31/10/2017

Leamington & Warwick Sea Cadets

31/10/2017

Richings Park Sports Club Ltd

31/10/2017

Solihull MBC

31/10/2017

Wormleighton PCC

31/10/2017

Sulgrave Manor Trust

21/11/2017

Good Gym

21/11/2017

Coleshill Tennis Club

21/11/2017

Samuel Lithgow Youth Centre

21/11/2017

Thorpe Mandevile Village Hall Trust


A further Groundwork internal panel meeting took place on 12 December, but this is not included in the table as the applicants in question have not yet been notified of the decisions taken.

18th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who is responsible for decisions as to whether an application should be made to the HS2 Community and Environment Fund or the HS2 Business and Local Economy Fund.

It is down to the applicant to determine whether they apply to the Community and Environment Fund or the Business and Local Economy Fund. Detailed guidance on each fund is provided on the Fund website.

18th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which applications have been made to the HS2 Community and Environment Fund in Buckinghamshire; which of those applications have been successful; and how much was awarded to each of those successful applications.

To date, 12 applications to the HS2 Community and Environment Fund in Buckinghamshire have been determined. Of these, 6 were successful and the total amount of the awards offered, or to be offered, is £595,778. These awards are subject to terms and conditions, and as such, not all have been accepted by the applicants at this stage. For this reason, they are not listed here.

It is anticipated that an announcement will be made in early 2018 with news of the first accepted awards made and their locations. Following this announcement, it is intended that there will be quarterly newsletters and website updates sharing the latest information on approved projects and allocated funding geographically, along with an interactive map and case studies.

7th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 29 November 2017 to Question 116560, what estimate his Department has made of the volume of HS2 construction vehicles in each local authority area along the Phase One route.

The estimate of the volume of HS2 construction vehicles travelling in each local authority area was derived from data in the Phase One Environmental Statement. The figures used for the purpose of determining the relative allocations from the HS2 Road Safety Fund are as follows:

Local Authority

Total estimated number of HGV trips on the road network

Camden

337240

Westminster

216489

Ealing

140013

Hillingdon

89794

Hertfordshire

161911

Buckinghamshire

548834

Slough

47326

Oxfordshire

158498

Northamptonshire

229257

Warwickshire

1118266

Solihull

338526

Birmingham

369686

Staffordshire

413034

Total

4168874

29th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how his Department calculated the distribution of the HS2 Road Safety Fund along the Phase One route.

The distribution of the HS2 Road Safety Fund along the Phase One route was calculated on the basis of the estimated volumes of HS2 construction vehicles in each local authority area.

29th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who carried out the assessment for the allocation of HS2's Road Safety Fund.

The assessment of the estimated number of construction vehicles in each area was carried out by HS2 Ltd, at the request of the Department for Transport. This was then converted into the relative financial allocations in collaboration between HS2 Ltd and Department for Transport officials.

29th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to High Speed 2's Road Safety Fund, what the current allocations for each council are along the Phase One route.

The allocations for each authority along the Phase One route are as follows:

Local authority Allocation

London Borough of Camden £2,425,000

London Borough of Westminster £1,560,000

London Borough of Ealing £1,010,000

London Borough of Hillingdon £645,000

Hertfordshire County Council £1,165,000

Buckinghamshire County Council £3,950,000

Slough Borough Council £340,000

Oxfordshire County Council £1,140,000

Northamptonshire County Council £1,650,000

Warwickshire County Council £8,045,000

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council £2,435,000

Birmingham City Council £2,660,000

Staffordshire County Council £2,975,000

Total £30,000,000

31st Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when HS2 construction plans and timetables for the Chilterns will be published.

HS2 Ltd awarded stage 1 of the main works civil engineering contracts for the Phase One route from London to the West Midlands in July 2017. This stage primarily covers scheme design and pre-construction activities. Once this is completed a construction plan and timetable for the line of route, including the Chilterns, will be agreed with HS2 Ltd. This will be available by the end of 2018. Enabling works are currently underway including ground investigations, habitat creations and highway improvements. HS2 Ltd will continue to engage with communities to make sure they are made aware in advance of any activities taking place in their area.

31st Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many job vacancies there were at HS2 Ltd on 1 November 2017; and what the titles of those jobs were.

As at the 1/11/2017 HS2 Ltd has 171 permanent and fixed term vacancies, the job titles are as follows:

Lead Acquisition Manager North

Cost Manager

Project Manager - S1

Operations Manager - Acquisitions

Project Manager N1

Commercial Manager

BIM Information Systems Analyst

Operations and Planning Interface Specialist

CDM Integrator

Senior Interface Manager C1

Land Assembly Assistant Central

Land Assembly Assistant

Senior Property Acquisition Manager Central

Engagement Manager (Technical)

Utilities Manager

Assistant Property Acquisition Manager - Central

Senior Property Acquisition Manager Phase 2

Land Assembly Assistant Central

Head of Petition Management & Technical Teams

Commercial Manager (Central)

Senior Property Acquisition Manager North

Property Assistant Phase 2

Senior Property Acquisition Manager Phase 2

Senior Property Acquisition Manager South FTC

Senior Sponsor Area Central

Director of Systems Integration

Senior Town Planning Manager - Area Central

Senior Interface Manager C2

Risk Manager - (L1/L2)

Landscape Design Specialist

Assistant Project Manager (N4)

Senior Reporting Analyst (North)

Risk Manager - Area South

Senior Risk Manager - Route Wide

Senior Commercial Manager - Route Wide Track and Overhead

Logistics Manager - Construction Logistics, Area Central

Environment Advisor C1

Senior Interface Manager N1

Senior Interface Manager N2

Project Manager N4

Acoustics Specialist

Undertakings and Assurances Manager

Third Party Agreements Manager (South)

Third Party Agreements Manager Central

IT Security Operations Manager

Petition Manager - Individuals and Communities

Engineering Manager, Technical Team, Petition Management

HR Business Partner

Senior Property Management Surveyor

Senior Community Engagement Manager - Route-wide

Community Engagement Manager - Area Central

Community Engagement Manager - Route Wide - Land and Property

Community Engagement Manager - Phase 2a

Stakeholder Manager - Phase 2A

Community Engagement Manager - Phase 2a

Community Engagement Manager - Route Wide - Land and Property

Community Engagement Executive - Route-wide

Senior Community Engagement Manager - Route Wide (Land & Property)

Community Engagement Manager (Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire)

Engagement Advisor- Leeds Phase2

Assistant Procurement Manager

Assistant Procurement Manager

Programme Assurance Manager

Risk Manager - Phase 2A Perm

Risk Manager - Area North

Senior Risk Manager - Phase 1

Senior Risk Manager- North

Risk Manager - Central (Perm)

Risk Manager

Senior Risk Manager- Central

Head of Project Risk - Railway Ops Perm

Business Manager Technical Directorate

Interface Manager S2 (1205)

Senior Risk Manager (L&P & OSD) - perm

Procurement Systems Officer

Senior Solutions Architect

Compliance Manager

Senior Programme Assurance Manager

Project Manager - C1

Business Planning Manager

Project Manager - Phase 2B

Reporting Analyst

Risk Systems and Reporting Manager (ERM)

Senior Property Acquisition Manager Central 1

TD PA - Director of Technical Directorate

Business Analyst

Team Co-ordinator - Area South

Contract Support Service Manager

Assistant Contract Manager

Town Planning Lead - Phase 1

Contract Analyst

Property Acquisition Manager Central

Senior Project Engineer - Building Services, Euston Station

Lead Senior Project Engineer - Euston Station

Lead Railway Telecoms Engineer

Property Assistant South

Property Assistant Phase 2

Assistant Property Acquisition Manager Central

Property Acquisition Manager North FTC

Property Acquisition Manager - Central

Senior Project Engineer - On Network Works

Project Manager L2

Head of Environment Route Wide

Lead Architect S3

Lead Architect S4

Lead Senior Project Engineer - N4

Head of Acoustics and Vibration

Phase 2 Finance Business partner

Lead Senior Project Engineer - C2

Town Planning Manager

Senior Communications Manager, Area South

Project Manager - S4

Construction Procurement Director

Head of Capability Analysis

Lead network Development Manager

GIS Spatial Data Coordinator

Engineer

Environmental Assistant

Project Engineer

Senior Events Manager

Senior Risk Manager 2A - Perm

FOI Adviser

Project Manager - Water Interface and Contracts

Risk Manager P1 North

Risk Manager P1 North

Risk Manager P1 Central

Risk Manager P1 Route wide

Head of Power and M&E Engineering

Editor

Senior Reporting Analyst

Reporting Analyst (Engineering & Technical)

Senior Reporting Analyst (South)

Head of Change, Phase One

Document Control Manager

Project Manager

Project Manager

Project Manager

Senior Project Manager

Interface Manager - Undertakings and Assurances

Senior Interface Manager

Senior Interface Manager N3

Senior Interface Manager N4

Head of Project Engineering - Route Wide

Head of Phase One Requirements

Business Analyst

Commercial Administrator

Head of Overhead Catenary Systems

Commercial Administrator

Commercial Administrator

Commercial Administrator

Commercial Administrator

Commercial Administrator

Commercial Manager

Senior Sponsor

Senior Sponsor

Sponsor

Principal Designer Implementation Engineer

Governance Assistant

Senior Interface Manager - (Old Oak Common)

Project Controls Manager

Cost Manager (North)

Senior Commercial Manager

Senior Commercial Manager

Senior Commercial Manager

H&S Advisor

Lead Document Controller - Area Central

Personal Assistant

Commercial Manager - South (S2)

Commercial Manager - South

Reward Adviser

Head of Insurance

31st Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff at HS2 Ltd have (a) resigned (b) been made redundant and (c) been employed on (i) a fixed-term contract, (ii) a full-time basis and (iii) secondment in the most recent 12 month period for which data is available.

a) 170 employees have resigned within the period of 01/11/2016 until 31/10/2017 (excluding redundancies).

b) 77 employees were redundant within the period of 01/11/2016 until 31/10/2017.

c) i. 70 employees were employed on a fixed term contracts between 01/11/2016 – 31/10/2017 and currently HS2 Ltd has a total of 59 employees on Fixed term contracts at 31/10/2017.

ii. 246 employees were employed full time between 01/11/2016 – 31/10/2017 and currently HS2 Ltd has a total of 1083 employees full time as at 31/10/2017 (including fixed term contracts).

iii. 33 resources were seconded into HS2 between 01/11/2016 – 31/10/2017 and currently HS2 Ltd has a total of 84 resources seconded into HS2 as at 31/10/2017.

HS2 Ltd also employed

iv. 144 interim or temporary staff between 01/11/2016 – 31/10/2017 and currently has a total of 123 interim or temporary staff as at 31/10/2017; and

v. 151 individuals through contracted Delivery and Development Partners between 01/11/2016 – 31/10/2017 and currently has a total of 233 individuals through contracted Delivery and Development Partners as at 31/10/2017.

30th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the position and dates of employment were of each former HS2 Ltd employee who received a redundancy payment; and what information the Department holds on (a) the previous employer and (b) the subsequent employer of each such employee.

HS2 Ltd does not intend to publish details of the individuals that received the payments because they would have a reasonable expectation that their information would remain confidential. Disclosure of this information would be in breach of the first principle of the Data Protection Act 1998.

30th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what total salary payment will be received by the HS2 Ltd Finance Director between 30 October 2017 and the end of the 2017-18 financial year.

In line with the Government’s policy on transparency, HS2 Ltd publishes details of employees who receive more than £150,000 per annum on the Cabinet Office website: www.gov.uk/government/publications/senior-officials-high-earners-salaries

The current Finance Director at HS2 Ltd is an interim employee, the incoming permanent Finance Director’s salary details will be published in line with this policy once they have taken up their post in January 2018.

The Chief Financial Officer’s salary is £415,000 and is also published in line with the Government’s policy on transparency.

30th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the NAO report that HS2 Ltd has been paying out unauthorised redundancy payments, what discussions he has had with HS2 Ltd on whether the Chief Financial Officer of HS2 Ltd should continue in his role until the end of the 2017-18 financial year.

The Secretary of State did not have any discussion with HS2 Ltd on whether the Chief Financial Officer of HS2 Ltd should continue in his role until the end of the 2017-18 financial year.

30th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many email documents were created falsely to attempt to show communications on the HS2 Ltd redundancy scheme with his Department; and who was responsible for those documents.

We are aware of the one email created by an official at HS2 Ltd that, had it been sent when it was purported to have been sent, would have shown earlier communication of the full extent of the redundancy scheme to the Department for Transport. Interrogation of IT serves has demonstrated that this email was not sent.

In addition, we are aware of two presentations, one dated 29 January 2016 and one dated August 2016 that were provided to the National Audit Office and the Department for Transport. Both presentations appear to have been altered between 2016 & 2017 to insert an additional slide that did not appear in the original versions, illustrating enhanced redundancy terms.

Further details of these documents can be found in paragraphs 23, 24, 25 and 31 of the Government Internal Audit Agency Report published here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-internal-audit-agency-report-into-hs2-ltd-redundancy-schemes

30th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he is considering a fraud investigation as a result of the Government Internal Audit Agency and Department Management letter of 11 October on the HS2 Ltd Redundancy schemes that says they were unable to identify formal day-to-day governance over the operation of the scheme that would allow the organisations to demonstrate how the scheme was not open to error or manipulation by an employee.

The GIAA report states that although auditors were unable to identify formal day-to-day governance over the operation of the scheme that would allow them to demonstrate that it was not open to error or manipulation by an employee, there was no indication of serious error in administering the scheme. The Department is not currently considering a fraud investigation in relation to these matters.

25th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who has sat on the (a) Exceptions, (b) People and (c) Management Panel of High Speed 2; and between what dates each such person served on those panels.

The HS2 Ltd People Panel was constituted in 2014 and its responsibilities were transferred into the Management Panel in 2016. The People Panel was chaired by the HR Director, membership included Chief Executive, Chief Financial Officer, Programme and Strategy Director, Phase Two Managing Director, Railway Operations Managing Director, Technical Director, Phase One Managing Director, Corporate Health and Safety Director and Organisational Effectiveness & Change Director.

The Management Panel was constituted in 2016 and its responsibilities were transferred to other Executive meetings as part of the company’s Governance review in 2017. The Panel was chaired by the Chief Financial Officer, membership included General Counsel & Company Secretary, Corporate Health and Safety Director, HR Director, Organisational Effectiveness & Change Director, Corporate Affairs Director, alongside four other staff members from the CEO office, Phase One, Phase Two and Railway Operations.

The HS2 Ltd Exceptions Panel was chaired by the HR Director, membership included the Technical Director, Corporate Health and Safety Director and senior staff members from Finance, HR and Organisational Effectiveness and Change.

25th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the position and dates of employment by HS2 Ltd are of all former High Speed 2 staff who have received redundancy payments.

HS2 Ltd does not intend to publish details of the individuals that received the payments because they would have a reasonable expectation that their information would remain confidential. Disclosure of this information would be in breach of the first principle of the Data Protection Act 1998. The company accepts that the failure to obtain approval to make the payments was the responsibility of HS2 Ltd not the individuals who received them.

24th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what arrangements have been made to recover unauthorised redundancy payments made by HS2 Ltd from recipients.

HS2 Ltd have a legal obligation to honour the unauthorised redundancy payments made to individuals who were employed and will be not seeking their recovery.

HS2 Ltd will manage these payments within their existing budgets and as such the Department for Transport will not be providing any additional funds to cover these costs.

24th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the job titles were of former HS2 Ltd employees who received unauthorised redundancy payments; and what the amount and date paid was of each such payment.

HS2 Ltd does not intend to publish details of the individuals that received the payments because they would have a reasonable expectation that their information would remain confidential. Disclosure of this information would be in breach of the first principle of the Data Protection Act 1998. The company accepts that the failure to obtain approval to make the payments was the responsibility of HS2 Ltd not the individuals who received them.

24th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when and by whom his Department was informed that unauthorised redundancy payments of £1.76 million had been paid out by HS2 Ltd.

The Department was first notified of a potential issue around the HS2 redundancy schemes during the course of the NAO audit. In producing their report, the NAO required access to confidential redundancy data. The full extent of the issue was not identified until their work was completed in July 2017.

17th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the (a) range of salaries of HS2 Ltd personnel and (b) increases in those salaries in each of the last three years.

The department holds details of the pay grading system for direct employees of HS2 Ltd. This grading system operates on a banded basis, which ranges from band 9 to band 25.

In 2015 a flat rate increase of 2% was administered to all eligible employees. Since 2016 pay increases have been awarded through ‘Performance Related Pay Progression process’. For both 2016 and 2017 the median increase issued to eligible employees was 2 per cent.

As per High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd Remuneration Committee terms of reference, the remuneration of Executive Directors and senior direct reports to the CEO are determined by the committee.

The Pay Bands up to pay band 23 are listed below - HS2 Ltd senior salaries over £150,000 per annum are published annually by the Cabinet Office here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/senior-officials-high-earners-salaries

Central London Pay Ranges

Level Min Max

19 £63,050 £94,550

18 £53,850 £80,800

17 £43,750 £65,600

16 £39,250 £58,900

15 £36,550 £54,900

14 £33,850 £50,800

13 £28,400 £42,600

12 £25,050 £37,600

11 £23,400 £35,150

10 £21,600 £32,450

9 £16,500 £24,800

Regional Pay Ranges

Level Min Max

19 £54,500 £81,750

18 £47,450 £71,150

17 £40,750 £61,150

16 £36,300 £54,450

15 £32,600 £48,900

14 £30,150 £45,250

13 £25,250 £37,900

12 £22,300 £33,500

11 £20,900 £31,300

10 £19,300 £28,950

9 £15,400 £23,100

Senior

Level Min Max

23 £134,500 £201,750

22 £113,550 £170,300

21 £91,000 £136,500

20 £79,300 £119,000

21 £84,300 £126,500

20 £67,464 £101,196

17th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on how many vacant posts there are at HS2 Ltd; and what the salaries are of those vacant posts that are being advertised.

The number of vacant posts at HS2 Ltd is 85. 1 vacant post is currently being advertised at a starting salary of £43,750.

17th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the 10 (a) highest and (b) lowest remuneration packages at HS2 Ltd by job title.

The Department for Transport does not hold information on the 10 highest and lowest remuneration packages at HS2 Ltd by job title.

However, information on senior officials’ salary bands and job titles within HS2 Ltd as at 30 September 2016 can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/senior-officials-high-earners-salaries

Further information on the 10 highest and lowest remuneration packages together with job titles should be requested from HS2 Ltd.

24th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date the first contract between HS2 Ltd and CH2M was signed.

The first contract between HS2 Ltd and CH2M was effective from 3 February 2012. This contract was for CH2M to support HS2 Ltd during the development stage of Phase 1.

20th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the reports and investigations that have taken place on the Chilterns Aquifer to establish the level of risk posed to the aquifer by the construction of High Speed 2.

There have been investigations and assessments carried out to understand the risks posed to the Chilterns Aquifer. This was assessed through the Environmental Impact Assessment process (2013) and reported in the Volume 2, 3 and 5 reports.

Since the Environmental Statement, a programme of ground investigation has been carried out in the Chilterns Aquifer which includes over 300 boreholes, 170 groundwater monitoring locations and 100 aquifer tests.

The ground investigation information has been used for several further local studies across the Colne Valley, the River Misbourne and Wendover. We will continue to work closely with both the Environment Agency and Affinity Water as the design progresses to ensure adequate steps are taken to protect the aquifer.

The specific completed reports and investigations that have taken place on the Chilterns aquifer are as follows:

Environmental Statement (2013)

As part of the Environmental Statement, impact assessments on the Chilterns Aquifer are presented in the Volume 2, 3 and 5 reports.

  • Volume 5 – Technical Appendices Water Resources Assessments for CFA6 to CFA11 (WR-002-006 to 11)
  • The results of the Volume 5 reports are summarised in the corresponding volume 2 reports for their community forum area.
  • Water resources: Route-wide appendix (WR-001-000)

Ground investigation of Chilterns Aquifer

Investigation

Undertaken to date

Further planned

Boreholes

336

76

Groundwater level monitoring locations

177

31

Groundwater quality monitoring

39

25

Aquifer permeability tests

108

8

In addition to the above since the completion of the Environmental Statement we have completed a Technical Note: Wendover Springs Investigation (12 January 2017). Further studies are in progress regarding the River Misbourne and with Affinity Water.

19th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many personnel at HS2 Ltd are or have been at any time on secondment from Bechtel.

At no time have there been personnel at HS2 Ltd on secondment from Bechtel.

30th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what level of risk HS2 Ltd has identified to the Chilterns aquifer based on the current route design for High Speed 2.

HS2 Ltd is taking every possible measure both at the detailed design stage and at construction stage to mitigate identified risks to the Chilterns Aquifer.

27th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people working for (a) his Department and (b) HS2 Ltd have had their travel costs to and from their place of work paid for by his Department in the last two years; and from what locations each such payment of costs related to.

a) Under the Department’s Travel & Subsistence policy, employees may only be reimbursed for the additional cost of official travel. Official travel is classed as any travel you need to make away from your normal workplace. Home to normal workplace journeys are not official travel and these costs must not be claimed unless in exceptional circumstances. However, information on the numbers of staff who have received exceptional reimbursements and the locations of their travel is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

b) HS2 Ltd does not reimburse individuals for travel between home and permanent place of work (as per the HS2 Business Expenses Policy). This travel is treated as ordinary commute and not reimbursable. There are individually agreed exceptions such as: taxis home following late night working, where staff members are taken ill at work and have to go home, and other specific circumstances. These decisions are made by the local Head of Department and there is no single record detailing these exceptional circumstances.

27th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the (a) negotiations on the Service Level Agreement and Funding Agreement and (b) mechanism for High Speed 2 and departmental funding for local authorities in Buckinghamshire will be completed.

Service Level Agreements are currently subject to ongoing negotiations with local authorities and it is HS2 Ltd’s intention to conclude these as soon as possible. HS2 Ltd aims to have all Service Level Agreements with local authorities signed by the end of 2017. This includes with the local authorities in Buckinghamshire. The mechanism for funding local authorities will be outlined in the individual Service Level Agreements and any Funding Agreements agreed to support these.

24th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 24 March 2017 to Question 68775, on CH2M Hill: contracts, what questions were raised by the bidder on the decision on the Phase 2b development partner.

A number of questions have been raised. The matter remains under discussion between HS2 Ltd and bidders for the contract. HS2 Ltd expects to make an announcement concerning this matter shortly.

24th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish a list of the High Speed 2 contracts which were due to be awarded in April 2017 and are now delayed until June 2017 by value of each such contract.

No construction contracts that were due to be awarded in April have been delayed until June 2017.

24th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the details of all payments made by his Department or HS2 Ltd to Genecoe Ltd in each of the last six years.

The Department for Transport has not made any payments to Glencoe during the last six years.

The value of payments made directly by HS2 Limited to Genecoe in each of the last 6 calendar years are as follows:

Year

Amount

2011

£49, 734.34

2012

£458,040.13

2013

£98,115.29

2014

£0.00

2015

£0:00

2016

£0.00

2017 (01 /01/17 -26/03/17)

£0.00

Total

£ 605,889.76

23rd Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons no HS2 Ltd board meeting minutes have been published on the gov.uk website since 3 March 2016; and if he will publish those minutes.

The minutes of the HS2 Board meetings for 7 April 2016, 5 May 2016, 17 May 2016, 2 June 2016, 15 June 2016, 7 July 2016, 1 September 2016, 6 October 2016, 3 November 2016, and, 8 December 2016 are now online at www.hs2.org.uk

21st Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many flights were undertaken by HS2 Ltd personnel at a cost to (a) that company and (b) the public purse during the last six months; what the cost was of those flights; and what the reasons for those flights were.

During the period 23 September 2016 to 23 March 2017, 35 single flights and 36 return flights were taken. This was at a cost of £11,203.54.

The reasons for the flights were for investigating existing high speed rail networks, visiting rail industry conferences, and internal and external meetings. These have been broken down in the following table.

Reason Provided

Single

Return

Conference Attendance

3

18

Event Attendance

13

2

Meeting Attendance

19

16

35

36

21st Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many flights were undertaken by his Department's officials at a cost to the public purse during the last six months; what the cost of those flights was; and what the reasons for those flights were.

The central Department made a total of 1,409 bookings for flights at a cost of £806,711, for the 6 month period from 01/09/16 to 28/02/2017.

1,144 bookings were made using the Department’s internal ‘Clarity’ system at a cost of £722,973. The table at Annex A (attached) summarises the reasons for those bookings.

The remaining 265 bookings costing £83,738 were made through either the Department’s Travel & Subsistence system or using Government Procurement Cards. These bookings were made to undertake official Departmental business.

Please note that due to the configuration of DfT’s systems, several assumptions were made in order to answer these questions:

  • Our systems cannot be filtered on ‘Officials’, as per the request. The data provided contains bookings that were made for parties other than just departmental officials, including Ministers and external parties (e.g. speakers at conferences).

  • Our system records flight bookings that have been made, but if they were subsequently changed or refunded, our system cannot not identify which flight it related to. Similarly, if several flights have been booked at once, they may be reported in our system as one booking.
21st Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the reasons are for the time taken to sign the contracts with CH2M for the HS2 Phase B development partnership.

Following the announcement of the winning bid for the Phase 2b Development Partner, one of the bidders raised a number of questions about the decision. HS2 Ltd is currently looking into these questions and expects to reach a resolution soon.

14th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when HS2 Ltd plans to provide the detailed programme of works for the Chilterns.

Following contract award, the Main Works contractors will be in place later this year. As designs mature, the programme of works will be developed, culminating in a detailed programme being available by the end of 2018.

Programmes are currently being developed for individual localised Enabling Works packages such as habitat creations, site clearance and highway improvements in preparation for the Main Works. HS2 Ltd will be meeting my Right Hon. Friend on 27 March to provide an update on the works within the Chiltern area and the process for developing the programme.

14th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support his Department is providing for the work of the England's Economic Heartland Strategic Alliance to improve rail and road links across the area.

On 9 March, the Department announced that it would provide a £625,000 funding contribution to the England’s Economic Heartland Strategic Alliance (EEH). This will enable EEH to support the Government’s aspirations for the Cambridge to Milton Keynes to Oxford corridor. It will do this by providing a clear evidence base to support transport investment decisions in the region, and by helping to ensure that transport infrastructure improvements facilitate economic and housing growth.

2nd Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff are on a secondment to HS2 Ltd; form which companies such staff have been seconded; and how many staff are a based in HS2 Ltd offices.

105 secondees from 23 companies and 3 Government bodies. All 105 secondees are based in HS2 offices. The list of organisations they’re on secondment from are as follows:

AECOM

Arcadis

Bravo Solutions

Carter Jonas

CH2M Hill

Chaucer

Civil Service Resourcing

Corderoy Infrastructure Limited

Critigen

DfT

EC Harris

EDP JV

Equib

Eversheds

Gardiner & Theobald

Halcrow

Hill Intl Ltd

Home Office

London Midland Trains

MACE

Mott Macdonald

Network Rail

Nicholls

Turner & Townsend

Virgin Trains

West Coast Trains

24th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many HS2 Ltd staff (a) have previously worked for and (b) are on secondment from CH2M; how many of those staff have returned to work for CH2M after working at HS2 Ltd; and how many CH2M staff are located in HS2 Ltd offices.

Twenty-five HS2 staff have previously worked for CH2M.

Thirty-seven CH2M staff are on secondment to HS2 Ltd.

HS2 Ltd does not hold information on the numbers of people who returned to CH2M after working for HS2 Ltd.

There are 84 CH2M people located in HS2 Ltd offices.

By way of context, HS2 Ltd’s total headcount is around 1,500.

17th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which employees of HS2 Ltd as of 13 February 2017 are paid £75,000 or more per year; and what the job titles and salaries of such employees are.

As of February 2017, 202 staff of HS2 Ltd are paid £75,000 and above.

It would be inappropriate to provide a list of job titles and the salary for each individual employee as this would make personal information available.

17th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much will be contracted to be paid from the public purse for (a) the CH2M for the Phase 2b Development Partner contract and (b) each of the Phase 2b Civil Design and Environmental Services for the (i) Lot 1 Mott Macdonald/WSP joint venture, (b) Lot 2 AECOM/Capita/INECO joint venture and (c) Lot 3 Arup.

a). Phase Two B Development Partner

  • £130m to £170m (based on 2015 prices.)

b). The values those contracts might amount to

Area 1 – Manchester M2 and M3 Lot 1 Mott MacDonald Limited (Lead) / WSP UK LIMITED) - £80m- £100m

Area 2 – Leeds L1 and L2 Lot 2 AECOM Limited (Lead)/ Capita Property Infrastructure Limited / Ingenieria y Economia del Transporte, SA (INECO) - £80m- £100m

Area 3 and EOC - Leeds L3 and L4 Lot 3 Ove Arup & Partners International Limited -£120m -£150m

(All values are an estimate of the nominal value of each Lot based on 2015 prices)

17th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what is the latest estimated total cost of High Speed 2, including rolling stock, from 2009 to the date on which the first trains run on all phases of the lines.

In 2011, the Government consulted on the proposed strategy for a national high speed rail network. A decision to proceed with High Speed 2 was taken in January 2012 (Cm 8247). The total spend on High Speed 2 from the financial year 2009/10 to 2011/12 was £87.7 million.

Expenditure on HS2 from 2012/13 onwards is included in the long-term funding envelope for delivering HS2. The funding envelope was restated in 2015 prices in Spending Review 2015 at £55.7 billion, including rolling stock. The funding envelope is net of any proceeds from selling Land & Property that is not directly needed for construction of the railway.

I am committed to managing both the cost of HS2 and ensuring maximum value for the taxpayer, and delivering within the funding available.

7th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which schools have been contacted by Hopscotch Consulting under its contract to promote HS2.

Hopscotch Consulting have contacted eight schools since it was awarded the contract in October 2016. They are:

School

Location

Park Hill Primary

Coventry

Parkfield Community School

Birmingham

Argyle Primary School

Camden

Sandal Castle Primary School

Wakefield

Ackworth Howard School

Wakefield

Overseal Primary School

Birmingham

Carlton Primary School

Camden

Netley Primary School

Camden

7th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what salary was paid to the Interim Chief Executive of HS2 Ltd, Ray Hill, during his term of office; and what terms and functions applied to his employment within HS2.

HS2 Ltd pays CH2MHill £48,500 + VAT a month for the services of the interim Chief Executive Roy Hill on a pro-rata basis (based on the number of working days per month that are worked by Mr Hill).

HS2 Ltd do not hold any other remuneration information for Mr Roy Hill. Mr Hill remains the direct employee of CH2MHill and CH2MHill is therefore responsible for his salary and benefits package.

6th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding has been paid to CH2M by (a) his Department and (b) HS2 Ltd in each financial year since 2009.

CH2M (formerly known as CH2M Hill) has played a crucial role on all aspects of the development of the HS2 project. The company has provided project and programme management, engineering and environmental expertise and resource and was the driving force behind the preparation and passage of the Phase 1 hybrid bill. This phase of their work came to an end in December 2016. In 2016, a partnership of CH2M (50%), Atkins (40%) and SENER (10%), was appointed as the phase 1 Engineering Delivery Partner for the delivery phase of the HS2 project, providing expert engineering support for all aspects of HS2 Ltd’s work.

Since 2011 HS2 Ltd has made the following payments to CH2M.

Development Partner contract:

Calendar Year

Payments in Financial Year (excl VAT)

2011/12

£1,438,120

2012/13

£14,371,903

2013/14

£17,058,089

2014/15

£25,334,600

2015/16

£32,454,382

2016/17

£9,493,030

Engineering Delivery Partner contract:

Calendar Year

Payments in financial Year (excl VAT)

2016/17

£4,062,843

16th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what contingency plans for revisions to or re-routing of High Speed 2 have been prepared in the event that ground investigations in the Chilterns reveal that tunnelling in the area adds significantly to costs or presents unacceptable risks.

The HS2 Phase One hybrid Bill contains powers to vary the alignment of the track (or tunnel) either vertically and/or horizontally within the defined ‘Limits of Deviation’ set out in the Bill. Variation of the alignment within these limits would only be implemented in extreme circumstances.

HS2 Ltd has taken a precautionary approach to planning the tunnels in the Chilterns and consequently the preliminary view, based on the available ground investigation information, does not indicate that any tunnel re-alignment will be necessary.

11th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on when HS2 Ltd plans to appoint an agricultural liaison officer.

The Main Works Invitation to Tender documentation issued by HS2 Limited in 2016 included a requirement to appoint an Agricultural Liaison Officer for work undertaken in rural areas. The Contractor, when appointed in late 2017, will provide a dedicated Agricultural Liaison Officer service to address issues arising from landowners and farmers.

11th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made by HS2 Ltd on introducing an alternative dispute resolution for landowners relating to compensation.

An Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanism for the HS2 project will be in place by May, when land for the railway starts to be permanently compulsorily acquired.

9th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects a permanent Chief Executive at HS2 Ltd to be appointed.

HS2 Ltd’s recruitment of a permanent Chief Executive is on track. We expect the successful candidate to be in post this summer subject to any notice periods that may have to be agreed with the individual’s existing employers.

9th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the MP hotline for HS2 Ltd will be set up and operational.

HS2 Ltd is in the process of setting up the hotline, which will be in place no later than Royal Assent for Phase One of HS2.

9th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when a permanent High Speed 2 Construction Commissioner will be appointed.

The permanent Construction Commissioner will be appointed by an independent body which will be set up following Royal Assent.

9th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many applications have been received for High Speed 2 road safety fund monies; and from whom.

The Road Safety funding is not available until after Royal Assent of the HS2 Bill and, as such no applications have been received. Further details of how this fund will allocated will be announced shortly.

9th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, over what period of time the High Speed 2 Community and Environment Fund and Business and Local Economy Fund will be available; and when applications for funding will open.

Applications for funding for both the Community and Environment Fund and Business and Local Economy Fund will be opened following the Phase One Bill receiving Royal Assent. Both funds will continue to accept applications and award grants for a year following the start of Phase One operations in 2027.

8th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons no regional Factsheet covering Buckinghamshire has been published by HS2.

A community update containing information on the central area of Phase One is due to go out to communities along the proposed route in early January. This will update communities on some of the engagement activity carried out in the area, as well as wider progress on the project.

In terms of a specific factsheet just covering Buckinghamshire, this is something that HS2 can look into if raised as part of its regular community engagement activity. HS2 carries out regular meetings with residents and communities throughout Buckinghamshire, and this will continue in the New Year.

8th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what insurance cover is in place on properties purchased by HS2 in Buckinghamshire.

The Department does not insure properties purchased by HS2 with an insurance company; it self-insures.

8th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what security arrangements have been put in place at properties in Buckinghamshire purchased by HS2.

Appropriate, risk assessed, site specific security arrangements have been put in place at properties purchased by HS2.

8th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what properties have been purchased by HS2 in Buckinghamshire.

Information on properties purchased by HS2 in Buckinghamshire is contained in the attached document.

5th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place a copy of the Misbourne Valley Lidar survey, carried out as part of the High Speed 2 project, in the Library.

The Lidar survey data is a highly detailed dataset that was used to create digital surface and digital terrain geospatial models to an accuracy of 20cm for use in developing HS2. The information is many terabytes in size, and is not kept in a form that would allow it to be deposited in the House library as requested, as it is data that can only be viewed using specialist mapping software. However, HS2 Ltd are happy to allow interested parties to view the data and where technically possible, to share it. HS2 Ltd will contact my Right Honourable Friend’s office to arrange such a viewing.

1st Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish an independent review of tunnel costings relating to High Speed 2 (HS2) and the Colne Valley viaduct that was provided by the promoter to the House of Lords HS2 Select Committee; and what the name of the organisations and qualifications of those conducting that independent review were.

The independent review of the HS2 Ltd tunnel costings relating to HS2 Colne Valley viaduct, which was commissioned by the Secretary of State for Transport, was conducted by the Department for Transport’s lead non-executive director, Ed Smith CBE, FCA, CPFA, Hon DUniv, Hon LLDs.

A copy of the independent review report, which is entitled ‘Independent Review of HS2 Ltd Cost Estimates contained in the Hillingdon Working Group Report’, has been placed in the libraries of both Houses.

21st Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Privacy Notice on data collection on the HS2 website was removed; and what the reasons for that removal were.

A privacy notice was published on HS2 Ltd’s website in 2015 that set out the kinds of data that HS2 Ltd could seek to hold and how it could be used. The document included a broad list of data, including examples of data which HS2 Ltd have not and do not ever intend to collect from individuals.

The privacy notice was compliant with the Data Protection Act and was reviewed prior to publication by HS2 Ltd’s external legal advisers.

HS2 Ltd withdrew the Privacy Notice on Friday 18th November 2016 as it does not reflect how the company handles information. HS2 Ltd are undertaking a review and will publish a revised Privacy Notice shortly.

17th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many driving licences have been revoked under Cassie's law in each year since it was introduced.

“Cassie’s Law” is a process that was introduced in February 2013 to allow the police to notify the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) urgently of any driver who fails a roadside number plate eyesight test. This allows the DVLA to revoke the licence of any driver who fails the test almost immediately, helping to quickly remove unsafe drivers from the road.

Since the introduction of this process in 2013, 1,034 driving licences have been revoked. The table below shows the figures by year.

Year

Number of revocations

2013 (Feb – Dec)

236

2014

238

2015

291

2016 (to present)

269

7th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the reasons for HS2 Ltd commencing work in Stone Meadow Chalfont St Giles before obtaining the necessary permissions; and what steps his Department is taking to ensure that such permissions always precede the work to which they relate taking place.

Permissions to undertake ground investigations at this site, which are necessary in order to determine the ground conditions for the design and construction of Chiltern Tunnel, were sought through negotiating a site access license for this activity. Regrettably, whereas the standard practice is to issue site access licenses to the relevant landowners and tenants of the land in question, in this instance the license and notices were only issued to the tenant of the land and not to the landowner, Chilterns District Council. HS2 Ltd have, therefore, removed their equipment from the site while a license is sought from the Council. Where access for surveys is required, HS2 Ltd will in all cases aim for early meaningful communication with landowners in order to establish accurate land ownership and tenancy details and aim to provide early notification of access requirements. HS2 Ltd are currently undertaking a review of all the ground investigation license areas to date against freeholders, tenants and occupiers to ensure that no other situations like this arise.

24th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) grades and (b) number of compliance staff support the HS2 Ltd conflicts of interest panel; and what that panel's annual budgets and expenditure to date has been.

There are currently two compliance staff who are responsible for receiving and processing conflicts of interest matters and escalating matters to the Panel, with a third staff member having recently joined. In addition, there are six senior representatives from HR, Finance, Procurement, Commercial and Legal (being the HS2 Ltd General Counsel) who attend the fortnightly Conflicts of Interest Panel meetings. The Conflicts of Interest Panel does not have a discrete annual budget. The costs of the Panel are the costs of the compliance staff and travel expenses.

The release of the grades of HS2 Ltd staff is governed by the Data Protection Act. The release of such information would contravene the first data protection principle and therefore cannot be disclosed.

24th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who the members of the HS2 Ltd conflicts of interest panel have been since its inception; and what the (a) remuneration paid to them was and (b) expenses incurred by those members has been.

HS2 Ltd’s Conflict of Interest Panel Members are HS2 Ltd employees selected to provide a cross section of views and experience, the core members include senior representatives from HS2 Ltd’s HR, Finance, Procurement, Commercial, Legal (General Counsel) and Compliance teams.

The release of the names and remuneration of HS2’s Conflict of Interest Managers is governed by the Data Protection Act. The release of such information would contravene the first data protection principle and therefore cannot be disclosed. Any expenses incurred by such staff are incurred in accordance with HS2 Ltd’s expenses policy.

21st Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many of the recommendations made by the HS2 Ltd Residents' Commissioner in her published reports have been adopted in full by HS2 Ltd.

HS2 Ltd continues to use all feedback and recommendations made by the Residents’ Commissioner, including those made in published reports, to help improve the quality of its communication and engagement with communities affected by HS2 proposals.

In response to recommendations made by the Residents’ Commissioner HS2 Ltd has, for example, expanded its community engagement teams to provide more localised support and information to affected communities, introduced a mobile unit which will have a wider reach where residents not able to attend HS2 Ltd-run events, and raised awareness of the package of HS2 property compensation and discretionary assistance schemes which are available.

21st Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total cost to the public purse has been to date of the National College for High Speed Rail.

The Government has committed £52 million of capital cost up until the College opening. To date £12.3 million has been spent.

21st Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the National College for High Speed Rail will be operational.

The college is due to open to students in September 2017.

21st Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many apprenticeships have been provided to date by HS2 Ltd.

HS2, through both HS2 Ltd and its supply chain, has a target of creating 2,000 apprenticeship opportunities over the lifetime of the project, from a forecast average annual workforce of 11,000 (with a peak of 25,000).

HS2 Ltd itself has to date provided five apprenticeships, though this is in the context that HS2 does not yet have Royal Assent and construction hasn’t yet started. Looking forward, it is anticipated that HS2 Ltd will bring in 36 apprentices a year based on an average workforce of 1,500.

For the companies that will design and construct HS2 there will be requirements to deliver Skills, Employment and Education outcomes, including apprenticeships. In each of the major HS2 Ltd contracts, all bidders are assessed on their ability to deliver on these outcomes through the procurement process. Therefore, as HS2 enters its construction stage in 2017, apprenticeships are expected to increase rapidly.

21st Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the project management section of the High Speed Rail (Preparation) Act 2013 Expenditure Report, 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016, what incentive payments were made to HS2 Ltd's development partners and professional services contractors; to whom such payments were made; and what exceptional performance was relevant in each such case.

Incentive payments were based on accrued estimates of the contractually obliged sums payable to the company’s Development Partner CH2M Hill and its Professional Service Contractors. These contractors have provided critical support to HS2 Ltd in its undertaking of both its preparatory works and its ongoing hybrid Bill management. Assessment is undertaken by a multi-disciplinary panel from across HS2 Ltd to consider the case made by each contractor as to the additional value provided over and above the original contracted scope.

The accrued estimates accounted for in support of HS2 Ltd’s preparatory works are £1.4m, split over the following suppliers: CH2M Hill, Arup, Atkins, Capita Symons / Ineco, ERM / Temple / Mott McDonald, Mott.

21st Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 3.12 of the High Speed Rail (Preparation) Act 2013 Expenditure Report, 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016, published by his Department in October 2016, if he will provide reasons for the difference between the actual and budgeted cost per person in the project management team.

The difference between the actual and budgeted cost per person was due to the mix of permanent and non-permanent workforce being different from that assumed during the budgeting process. This was reflective of the greater reliance required on non-permanent specialist support to quickly mobilise teams to undertake preparation for Early Works Contracts leading into Main Works.

21st Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the shortage of people with rail engineering, environmental and construction skills.

The transport sector faces significant skills challenges driven by a range of factors including an ageing workforce, a lack of diversity, the introduction of new technologies (such as digital signalling in rail) and the sheer scale of our transport investment programme.

The National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) has identified rail skills shortages in signalling and telecommunications, electrification and plant, traction and rolling stock of 10,000 people between 2014 and 2019.

In response to these challenges, in August 2015 this Department appointed Crossrail chair Terry Morgan to develop the Transport Infrastructure Skills Strategy (TISS). The TISS was published in January 2016 and the Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce (STAT) was launched on 15 April 2016 as an employer-led group to oversee the delivery of the TISS recommendations andto address these skills shortages including through the delivery of 30,000 transport apprenticeships by 2020.

The Taskforce has commissioned NSAR to update skills forecasts for both road and rail. This analysis is expected to be complete by the end of December this year.

The National College for High Speed Rail will provide specialist vocational training to the next generation of engineers working on HS2 and beyond. Over 1,000 students are expected to graduate from the college each year.

Construction of the college is now officially underway and on course to open its doors to students in time for the start of the 2017-18 academic year.

Both the existing UK construction and engineering workforce as well as new entrants, such as apprentices, will benefit from the training that will be provided by the new college. The college will tackle the engineering skills shortage that is one of the industry’s biggest barriers to sustainability, productivity and growth.

21st Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 2.2 of the High Speed Rail (Preparation) Act 2013 Expenditure Report, 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016, published by his Department in October 2016, if he will detail the reasons, other than the delay in completing the acquisition of large-scale commercial properties, for the £192.7 million underspend referred to in that report.

The £192.7m of the Land & Property (L&P) underspend shown in the High Speed Rail (Preparation) Act 2013 Expenditure Report for 1 April 2015 – 31 March 2016 was formed from two elements – strategic property acquisitions and compensation schemes, including providing discretionary assistance to home owners and small businesses.

The majority of the total L&P underspend was caused by delays in completing non-compensation scheme acquisitions. These are generally acquisitions of commercial properties and it is hard to accurately estimate completion dates due to complexity of the deals.

The other part of the L&P underspend was related to acquisitions resulting from the compensation schemes. The suite of schemes are demand led which means HS2 Ltd has very limited control over the timing of property purchases. Successful applicants to the schemes are allowed between one and three years after acceptance to decide on when they want their homes purchased.

20th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the annual budget for communication and engagement has been for HS2 Ltd in each year since 2010.

As is necessary for a project of the nature and scale of HS2, communication and engagement activities are undertaken by teams throughout the HS2 Ltd organisation, supported by a central corporate affairs team. This wide range of engagement includes, for example, local information events for impacted residents to meet with engineers to discuss the proposals; awareness campaigns along the line of route to inform residents about the property compensation schemes and how they can access these; and mobile sound labs for communities near the route of Phase One to come and hear the likely noise levels from the operational railway.

As a result, it is not possible to provide annual budget figures as the amount of time spent on communication and engagement activity is not centrally tracked.

20th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of (a) the effectiveness of the Need to Sell scheme for residents who are reapplying, (b) the level of flexibility offered by that scheme for those who are reapplying under different criteria, (c) how that scheme streamlines its procedures for those constituents who have terminal illnesses, financial burdens arising from High Speed 2 or any other pressing requirement to sell.

The Need to Sell scheme is operating as it was intended, and operating fairly. We have already updated guidance to reflect learning from the scheme since its inception in January 2015. This demonstrates that we keep the scheme under review and act if necessary to improve the way it operates.

Those reapplying for the Need to Sell scheme within six months of their initial application are only judged on the criteria on which they previously failed to meet. Furthermore the assessment panel provides detailed feedback directly to applicants on the criteria they failed to meet. This means that when reapplying applicants can provide targeted evidence that may increase the chance of a re-application being accepted.

HS2 Ltd endeavours to make decisions on all applications as quickly as possible. As all applicants are applying with a compelling reason to sell it would not be fair to introduce a fast-track system for some applicants. We aim to deal with all applications within three months, however currently the average time to deal with an application is seven weeks.

20th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much he expects Buckinghamshire to be eligible to apply for from the High Speed 2 (a) Community and Environment Fund and (b) Business and Local Economy Fund.

We have announced an indicative allocation of £15 million from both the Community and Environment and Business and Local Economy funds for the central area of the HS2 Phase One route, which includes relevant areas in Buckinghamshire. Awards from both funds will based on receiving high quality bids from eligible community or business groups.

20th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much he expects Buckinghamshire to be eligible to apply for from the High Speed 2 Road Safety Fund.

How this fund will be distributed is currently being considered and further details will be announced in due course.

20th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who will be eligible to apply for the High Speed 2 (a) Community and Environment Fund and (b) Business and Local Economy Fund.

The Community and Environment Fund is open to constituted community groups along the Phase One route, including registered charities, community interest companies and Local Authorities. The Business and Local Economy Fund is open to organisations that represent the collective business community of areas along the Phase One route, such as Chambers of Commerce, Business Improvement Districts, Local Authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships.

19th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects a permanent High Speed 2 Construction Commissioner to be appointed.

A permanent Construction Commissioner will be appointed following Royal Assent of the High Speed Rail (London to West Midlands) Bill.

19th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how and when the Community and Environment Fund and Business and Local Economy Fund allocated to the route of High Speed 2 Phase One will become available.

We anticipate the Community and Environment, and Business and Local Economy funds will be open for applications in early 2017 at which point guidance on the application process will be published.

19th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when it is planned that the independent regulatory body to whom the High Speed 2 Interim Construction Commissioner will report and be held accountable will be appointed; who will make up that body; and who will decide who is appointed to that body.

The Secretary of State will consider and approve proposals for membership of the independent panel following Royal Assent of the High Speed Rail (London to West Midlands) Bill.

19th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what services are being provided to HS2 Ltd by the Maclean Partnership; and what the cost of those services has been to date.

McLean Partnership have provided two forms of service to date; executive search at a cost of £588,750, and provision of administrative and payroll services for interim staff at a cost of £286,306.

19th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) salary, (b) postal address and (c) other contact details are of the interim Construction Commissioner for High Speed 2.

The salary of the Interim HS2 Construction Commissioner is £575 per day, plus VAT. Correspondence to the Interim Commissioner can be addressed to HS2 Ltd, 1 Canada Square, London, E14 5AB or by email to complaints@hs2-cc.org.uk. The Interim Commissioner can also be contacted via the following website: https://hs2cc.wordpress.com/contact/.

17th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many car owners whose car tax has expired have not made a SORN declaration since the tax licence disc was abolished in 2015.

The Department for Transport conducts a roadside survey every two years. This survey estimates the number of vehicles without a valid licence or Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) to determine the rate of vehicle excise duty evasion.

The last survey took place in June 2015, which was eight months after the DVLA stopped issuing paper tax discs. The survey estimated that 1.4% of vehicles on UK roads were unlicensed and were not subject to a SORN.

The DVLA aims to make vehicle excise duty easy to pay and hard to avoid and operates a comprehensive package of measures to tackle vehicle excise duty evasion. These measures range from reminder letters, penalties and court prosecutions through to the use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras, wheel clamping and the removal of unlicensed vehicles.

11th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total budget is of the team of writers being hired by his Department to help write the story of High Speed 2 from inception to present day.

It is important that we do ensure good documentation of major projects across government to learn from the past and ensure knowledge is shared easily. I will consider in due course what is the right way to do this but the advertised recruitment is not going ahead.

11th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to ensure that his Department's officials being recruited to help write the story of High Speed 2 from inception to the present day meet with all hon. Members representing parliamentary constituencies along the route.

It is important that we do ensure good documentation of major projects across government to learn from the past and ensure knowledge is shared easily. I will consider in due course what is the right way to do this but the advertised recruitment is not going ahead.

11th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the job vacancy notice DFT/649/16/DFTC, published by his Department in October 2016, how his Department expects the report and slide pack which form part of the project to write the story of High Speed 2 from inception to the present day to be used; and who his Department expects to use that report and slide pack.

It is important that we do ensure good documentation of major projects across government to learn from the past and ensure knowledge is shared easily. I will consider in due course what is the right way to do this but the advertised recruitment is not going ahead.

11th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the job vacancy notice DFT/649/16/DFTC, published by his Department in October 2016, who will be responsible for editing the report and slide pack which form part of the project to write the story of High Speed 2 from inception to the present day.

It is important that we do ensure good documentation of major projects across government to learn from the past and ensure knowledge is shared easily. I will consider in due course what is the right way to do this but the advertised recruitment is not going ahead.

2nd Sep 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been disbursed from the public purse in legal fees for solicitors, parliamentary agents, barristers and their staff who have been working on behalf of HS2 Ltd.

The Department has appointed a joint team of solicitors/parliamentary agents from Winckworth Sherwood and Eversheds LLP to provide support in relation to the HS2 Phase 1 hybrid Bill. The current spend on this contract is £9,594,124.36.

The Department has also appointed a joint team of solicitors/parliamentary agents from Winckworth Sherwood and Eversheds LLP to support the preparation of the HS2 Phase 2a hybrid Bill, which is expected to be deposited in 2017. The current spend on this contract is £146,265.10.

The Department continues to instruct a team of barristers to support the HS2 project. Each barrister is remunerated at agreed government hourly rates. The spend on these barristers for the period from 2013 to the present is £2,219,872.30.

All figures are correct up to 5 September 2016 and are exclusive of VAT.

Since approximately 2010, the Department has also instructed a number of barristers on other HS2 related work, primarily litigation. These barristers will have been remunerated at agreed government hourly rates, but unfortunately it would involve disproportionate cost for the Department to provide precise figures.

18th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which fees (a) have been paid and (b) are due to be paid to Tim Mould QC for work relating to High Speed 2.

The Department has appointed a team of solicitors, Parliamentary Agents and barristers to support the HS2 project. Tim Mould QC is primarily employed to support the HS2 hybrid Bill process which gives those affected by HS2 an opportunity to present their concerns in Parliament. Since 2013 the Department for Transport has paid £679,567.10 to Tim Mould QC to support the HS2 project on Bill related matters. This figure is correct to 19 July 2016 and is exclusive of VAT.

In addition, since approximately 2010, the Department has also instructed a number of barristers, including Tim Mould QC, on other HS2 related matters, primarily litigation. These barristers will have been remunerated at government hourly rates agreed with the Attorney General, but it would involve disproportionate cost for the Department to provide precise figures.

The use of barristers to support the HS2 project is demand led and so it is not possible to forecast the fees that may be paid to Tim Mould QC in the future.

18th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the official distances between London and Birmingham are for the (a) shortest journey by road, (b) shortest existing journey by rail and (c) projected High Speed 2 line.

(a) Highways England do not collect shortest road journey information, however information available via online route planning tools shows that a journey from London Charing Cross to Birmingham Town Hall, via the A40, M40, M42 and A34 requires a journey of 118 miles (b) 113 miles between London Euston and Birmingham New Street. The distance between the principal Birmingham station and nearest London terminal and (c) approximately 109 miles to the nearest mile.

18th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) staff, (b) recruitment and (c) other costs of press liaison, publicity and marketing of High Speed 2 have been to date.

For the period of 2011/12 – 2015/16 HS2 Ltd has incurred the following costs associated with press liaison, publicity and marketing of HS2:

(a) staff - £0.9m. This is the total payroll cost for HS2 Ltd staff (i.e. permanent staff). This excludes contingent labour and secondees;

(b) recruitment - HS2 Ltd incurs, manages and controls its recruitment costs centrally and, as such, it is not possible to identify the costs incurred in specific business functions; and

(c) other costs of press liaison, publicity and marketing of High Speed 2 - £1.1m

Expenditure prior to 2011/12 was not broken down by expenditure type in this way.

11th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total expenditure on the High Speed 2 project has been in each year since 2010.

The table below sets out the spend on HS2 project in each year since 2009/10. Data for 2015/16 is provisional and is currently not included, pending publication of the HS2 Ltd Accounts shortly at GOV.UK, which will set out the precise level of expenditure for 2015/16.

2009/10
£m

2010/11
£m

2011/12
£m

2012/13
£m

2013/14
£m

2014/15
£m

Total HS2

9.43

24.3

54

207.6

318.2

362.7

11th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the planned start date is for construction of High Speed 2 Phase One.

Construction is expected to begin in 2017.

11th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Report of the HS2 Residents' Commissioner, published in May 2016, what steps his Department and HS2 Ltd have taken to introduce a newsletter for affected residents.

In Euston, HS2 Ltd have committed to producing a quarterly newsletter, the first newsletter was circulated in May 2016 to over 21,000 homes in the Camden area. The newsletter includes information about HS2, project updates, highlights key milestones and publicises upcoming engagement activities.


More widely HS2 Ltd plan to publish community newsletters across the Phase One route. The first series of these newsletters is scheduled for autumn 2016.

Phase Two is at a much earlier stage of development and HS2 Ltd are working closely with existing community engagement forums to ensure people are kept update with the latest information. HS2 Ltd anticipate publishing a community newsletter following a route announcement.

11th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when and where the next community engagement event for High Speed 2 Phase One in Chesham and Amersham constituency will take place.

HS2 Ltd’s most recent engagement with the Amersham and Chesham community took place at the Amersham Town Carnival on Saturday 9th July, and was part of the project’s more localised approach to community engagement. The HS2 stall presented local information on the project, and was attended by around 180 residents from the Amersham / Chesham community.

HS2 Ltd plans to attend similar existing community events across the Phase One route during the summer months, and is also drawing up a schedule of HS2 Ltd run community events, expected to be delivered in the autumn. Amersham and Chesham will be included as part of this exercise. Further details will be made available once the next event is confirmed.

11th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the timetable for construction of High Speed 2 Phase One in Chesham and Amersham constituency to be published.

Finalising the construction timetable for works in this area will be the responsibility of the Main Works Contractor when they are appointed following Royal Assent. An indicative construction programme for Chesham and Amersham is set out in Volume 2 of the Environmental Statement (ES) - CFA reports 8-9. This indicates advanced works commencing in the first quarter of 2017, with civil engineering works commencing in the fourth quarter of 2017.

11th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Need to Sell cases in Chesham and Amersham constituency are yet to be finalised.

There are two Need to Sell applications from the Chesham and Amersham constituency which are currently under consideration.

30th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish his accessibility action plan for public transport.

We expect to publish a new Accessibility Action Plan for consultation in late summer. We will publish the final plan when we have taken account of all the consultation responses received.

30th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what work his Department has conducted with Transport for London on the Sarah Hope Line.

Britain has some of the world’s lowest road casualty rates. But, in line with our Manifesto commitment, we are determined to do more to make our roads even safer. The British Road Safety Statement, published on 21 December 2015, sets out the government’s priorities for action, including practical measures to help vulnerable groups stay safe on our roads, extra money to crackdown on drug drivers and tougher penalties for people using mobile phones while driving.

In addition, whilst the Department for Transport has not conducted specific work with TfL on the Sarah Hope telephone line, the government does provide funding, via the Ministry of Justice, for support services for victims of road traffic collisions, including a national helpline and information packs.

27th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he made of the potential workload of the Construction Commissioner for High Speed 2 when setting an anticipated commitment of two days per week for that Commissioner.

The two days per week is for the initial period prior to construction – that is what it is estimated to be needed at that stage to prepare for the start of works. It will increase as needed during construction.

27th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received on whether constructing Phase 1 of High Speed 2 would breach the requirements of Directive 2008/520/EC on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe.

The specific information requested is not readily available, and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

27th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, by which body he plans that the Construction Commissioner for High Speed 2 will be paid; and to whom it is planned that that Commission will report.

Terms of reference for the Construction Commissioner will be agreed by an independent steering group following Royal Assent. The group will monitor performance and review funding arrangements. An interim commissioner will be appointed this summer and the role will initially be paid for by HS2 Ltd.

23rd Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what evidence he has received to demonstrate that the construction of Phase One of High Speed 2 will not breach the requirements of Directive 2008/50/EC on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe.

The Environmental Statement and Supplementary Environmental Statements for the Phase One hybrid Bill fully assessed the impact on air quality from HS2 construction. The method of assessment is specifically directed at the limit values set out in Annex II of Directive 2008/50/EC, and identifies whether the limit values are currently breached, anticipated to be breached in the future, and to what extent any breaches are affected by the construction of Phase One of HS2.

23rd Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of whether the air quality objectives set out in Annex II of Directive 2008/50/EC on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe will be breached in any location scheduled to be affected by the construction of Phase One of High Speed 2.

The Environmental Statement and Supplementary Environmental Statements for the Phase One hybrid Bill fully assessed the impact on air quality from HS2 construction. Those assessments specifically considered the limit values set out in Annex II of Directive 2008/50/EC, and identified whether the limit values are currently breached, were anticipated to be breached in the future, and to what extent any breaches would be affected by the construction of Phase One of High Speed Two.

23rd Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the construction activity required to construct Phase One of High Speed 2 will result in any household experiencing carbon monoxide levels in excess of the thresholds for that substance detailed in European Directive 2008/50/EC on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe.

The construction of Phase One of HS2 will not result in any household experiencing carbon monoxide levels in excess of the thresholds for that substance detailed in European Directive 2008/50/EC.

22nd Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to pause plans to construct Phase One of HS2 until he has received assurances that they comply with the air quality standards and principles in the document Improving air quality in the UK: Tackling nitrogen dioxide in our towns and cities, published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in January 2016.

The air quality mitigation measures set out in the Environmental Statement and Supplementary Environmental Statements for the Phase One hybrid Bill, alongside the measures that will be taken forward as part of the HS2 Code of Construction Practice and agreed in the Local Environmental Management Plans, will ensure the construction of Phase one of HS2 is compliant with the principles set out in January 2016 Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs document.

22nd Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assurances he has received that (a) construction of a new station in Curzon Street and (b) other construction activity in Birmingham will comply with air quality limit values for nitrogen dioxide.

The Environmental Statement and Supplementary Environmental Statements for the Phase One hybrid Bill fully assessed the impact on air quality from HS2 construction activity for the proposed Curzon Street Station and for other areas in Birmingham. That assessment concluded that there would be no significant effect on the air quality in these areas.

22nd Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has had discussions with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the effect on air quality of the construction of Phase One of High Speed 2.

There have been regular ongoing discussions with officials from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on all the environmental aspects of HS2, including air quality.

21st Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which projects in the UK will receive funding from the Connecting Europe Facility transport 2015 Multi-Annual Work Programme.

A full list of transport projects (involving UK participants) that have been awarded funding from the Connecting Europe Facility is available on the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency web-site:

https://ec.europa.eu/inea/en/connecting-europe-facility/cef-transport/projects-by-country/united-kingdom

The web-site includes an overview of the project, the participants, the implementation schedule and the amount of funding awarded.

21st Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many members of staff of HS2 Ltd have been provided with (a) mobile telephones, (b) tablet devices and (c) corporate credit cards in each of the last three years.

The information listed in the table below provides information for the last three complete calendar years:

Mobile Phones

Tablets

Government Procurement Cards (GPC*)

2013

140

30

10

2014

226

120

25

2015

670

263

30

*HS2 Ltd does not have Corporate Credit Cards, it has Government Procurement Cards (in line with Government policy they have recently been renamed as Electronic Purchasing Card Solutions).

21st Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to bring forward separate legislative proposals on the proposed extension of High Speed 2 from the West Midlands to Crewe.

Government intends to deposit a hybrid Bill for HS2 from West Midlands to Crewe (HS2 Phase 2a) before the end of 2017. This will enable this section of route to open in 2027, six years earlier than originally planned. This means that cities across the North West and Scotland will realise more of the benefits of HS2 sooner.

21st Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Natura 20000 sites are located within 10 miles of the proposed route of phase two of High Speed 2.

There are 18 Natura 2000 sites within 10 miles of the proposed Phase 2 route. This is the route as proposed in the July 2013 route consultation.

21st Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much EU funding has been provided for ground investigations related to High Speed 2.

The Department for Transport was awarded €39.2 million for HS2 under the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility to fund Ground Investigation works for Phase 1 of the High Speed 2 Programme. The EU has agreed to provide this funding in stages between 2015 and 2019.

17th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many lorry movements there have been to remove spoil excavated in Greater London related to the construction of High Speed 2.

There have been no lorry movements to remove spoil excavated in Greater London related to the construction of High Speed 2.

17th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding has been received from the EU to meet expenditure arising from or in connection with High Speed 2 since 2009.

The Department for Transport was awarded €39.2 million for HS2 under the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility. This funding will be provided in stages between 2015 and 2019.

16th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his most recent assessment is of the number and location of sites which will be affected by construction of phase one of High Speed 2 which are known habitats of species subject to the strict protection requirements in Annex IV of the EU Habitats Directive.

Phase one of High Speed 2 does not adversely affect any sites designated as a Special Protection Area or a Special Area of Conservation.

HS2 Ltd have carried out habitats regulations screening assessments to determine if the railway might indirectly affect certain species associated with the Southwest London Waterbodies SPA/Ramsar site in the Colne Valley, and to consider potential effects of traffic pollution in the Chilterns Beechwood Special Area of Conservation. No significant effect was determined in either case.

16th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when an appropriate assessment, as defined in Article 6 of the EU Habitats Directive, was undertaken for the South-West London Waterbodies Special Protection Area.

A habitats regulations screening assessment was prepared in June 2012 which concluded that the impact of construction and operation of HS2 would have a negligible impact on gadwall and shoveler ducks in the Colne Valley Lakes and therefore no likely significant effect on the Southwest London Waterbodies SPA/Ramsar site. The details were reported in the main Environmental Statement published in November 2013.

16th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to undertake a Strategic Environmental Assessment on projects which have received funding under the Connecting Europe Facility initiative.

Projects seeking funding from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) should show that they comply with EU Environmental Policy. The Department will undertake a Strategic Environmental Assessment, where it is required to do so, in line with its legal obligations.

16th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what total amount has been received by (a) his Department and (b) HS2 Ltd under the Connecting Europe Facility 2015 Multi-Annual Work Programme; and what estimate he has made of the amount that will be received under that programme by each body in the next three years.

The Department for Transport was awarded Connecting Europe Facility funding for the following projects in 2015:

  • South-Wales railway electrification study (Network Rail). €4.1 million
  • Arc Atlantique Corridor Phase II. A UK led ITS traffic management deployment project involving Ireland, France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal and Netherlands. The UK partners (Highways England, Transport Scotland, Department for Regional Development Northern Ireland, and the Welsh Government share amounts to around €9 million).
  • European ITS Platform – Italian project coordinating standards for deployment of ITS traffic management systems across Europe. The UK partners (Highways England, Transport Scotland, Department for Regional Development Northern Ireland, and the Welsh Government) amounts to around €0.5 million)
  • High Speed 2 (HS2 Ltd) €39.2 million

It is not possible to estimate how much additional funding may be available in the next three years. Funding for projects is awarded through a competitive bidding process with projects having to meet specific criteria set by the European Commission. The second call for funding closed in February 2016 and the results will be announced later this year.

16th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to make an application under Article 16 of the EU Habitats Directive for a derogation in relation to species protected under Annex IV of that Directive which may be affected by Phase 1 of High Speed 2.

Where effects on protected species are identified, the appropriate licenses will be obtained from Natural England prior to any works being undertaken. This includes species protected by the Habitats Regulations 2010 and the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Natural England is working with HS2 ltd in scoping the required licences through 2016 in the run up to Royal Assent.

23rd Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the local licensing authorities on the introduction of five-year private hire operator licences by local authorities.

Five-year private hire vehicle operator licences were introduced in October 2015. Since that time, local licensing authorities have not made any representations to me on the subject.

23rd Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the five times increase in the annual upfront fee charges for private hire operator licences by local authorities on small and self-employed operators.

Local licensing authorities can charge fees for private hire vehicle operator licences that recover the cost of administering the licensing system.

Renewing a licence every five years, rather than more frequently as may have been the case in the past, reduces a financial and administrative burden on many of the small and medium size enterprises that make up the private hire vehicle industry.

19th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a comparative assessment of the (a) cost of construction, (b) environmental effects and (c) construction time of High Speed 2 and a conventional electrified rail line along the High Speed 2 route.

A comparative assessment of the costs of construction and environmental effects of a High Speed and conventional electrified line was presented in the November 2013 HS2 Ltd report; London – West Midlands environmental Statement, Volume 5, Alternatives Report. The comparative assessment with a conventional line can be found from page 23 of the report which can be accessed online via

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/259616/Vol1_Alternatives_Report_CT-002-000_wm.pdf


19th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many expressions of interest his Department has received from organisations other than HM Treasury or private investors in funding the construction of High Speed 2.

The case for HS2 has been calculated on the basis of the project being fully publicly funded. We have not received any expressions of interest from organisations other than HM Treasury or private investors in funding the construction of High Speed.

19th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his most recent estimate is of the cost of tunnel boring for the High Speed 2 Chiltern tunnel.

The estimated cost of the Chiltern tunnel, as extended via Additional Provision 4, is £940m (based on Q2 2011 Prices). This figure, which includes the costs relating to tunnel boring and the construction of the tunnel portals and vent shafts, excludes risk and contingency.

19th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many vacancies there were for jobs with HS2 Ltd in each of the last 12 months.

The table below provides detail of advertised vacancies* by HS2 Ltd in each month since March 2015. Information relating to previous months is not held centrally.

Month

Vacancies

Mar

49

Apr

30

May

31

June

62

July

25

Aug

28

Sep

39

Oct

41

Nov

44

Dec

42

Jan

13


*NB: This does not represent the number of people employed/hired or recruited by HS2 Ltd during this time period.


19th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Promoter's response to the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Committee's First Special Report of Session 2014-15, June 2015, paragraph 160, how many cases have been received for exceptional consideration; how many such applications have been (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful; and how many such applications remain under consideration.

Since June 2015 HS2 Ltd and DfT have received one retrospective compensation requests under the Atypical property and special circumstances approach. This is currently under consideration.

14th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many applications for the High Speed 2 (a) need to sell scheme and (b) exceptional hardship scheme have been received from constituents in Chesham and Amersham constituency; how many of those applications have been completed with the property now in the ownership of the Government or HS2 Ltd; how many of those properties in the ownership of the Government or HS2 Ltd have been (i) sold, (ii) rented and (iii) remain vacant; for how many of those applications that have been accepted the price has not been agreed; how many of those applications are awaiting a decision on whether they will be accepted; how many of those applications have been rejected; and of those rejected how many times each such application has been rejected and for what reasons.

The information requested is in the table below:

Chesham and Amersham constituency


(a) Need to Sell (NTS) scheme

(b) Exceptional Hardship Scheme (EHS)




Applications received

34

49

Applications accepted

17

12

Applications rejected

8

31

Applications withdrawn

1

6

Applications pending a final decision

8

0

offers made

12

12

offers accepted

10

9

offers declined/no longer active

0

3

Properties acquired

6

9


How many of those properties in the ownership of the Government or HS2 Ltd have been:

(i) sold

0

(ii) rented

10 (with 2 under offer)

(iii) remain vacant

3


(a) Need to Sell (NTS) scheme

(b) Exceptional Hardship Scheme (EHS)

Total number of unsuccessful applications (of which were reapplications)

8 (1)

31 (5)*

Unsuccessful for reasons including criterion 1 (Property Type)

1

1

Unsuccesful for reasons including criterion 2 (Location of property)

2

18

Unsuccesful for reasons including criterion 3 (Effort to Sell and impact of blight)

3

23

Unsuccesful for reasons including criterion 4 (No prior knowledge)

0

0

Unsuccesful for reasons including criterion 5 (NTS-Compelling reason to sell/EHS- Exceptional Hardship)

6

25

*of the five rejected reapplications none are from the same applicant.


12th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether a further review of the tunnel boring machine advance rates for the High Speed 2 Chiltern tunnel has yet taken place.

HS2 Ltd have carried out an extensive reviews of tunnel boring rates for comparable forms of tunnel (looking at the size of tunnel and type of tunnel boring machine used) as part of the work for the hybrid Bill development, including tunnels both in this country and overseas. Particular attention has been made to ascertaining the ‘hard average rate’ achieved on these tunnels, which is much more appropriate in calculating the overall time to complete a particular tunnel drive for its entire length from "machine in to machine out". HS2 Ltd have provided evidence from these applicable tunnel projects in front of the Select Committee and explained on several occasions how the tunnel drive rates from these other projects support the current assumed drive rate for the HS2 Chiltern Tunnel. No further review is considered to be required as there is no further appropriate evidence available.

8th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 11.10 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, how the £55 billion budget for High Speed 2 has been split between phase 1 and phase 2 of that project.

Spending Review 2015 set out a long-term budget of £55.7bn (2015 prices) for delivering HS2. Of this, approximately £27.2bn has been apportioned to Phase One and £28.5bn to Phase Two.


8th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff at HS2 Ltd and his Department have gone through or are going through disciplinary or employment tribunal process since HS2 Ltd was formed.

Part A

Within HS2 Ltd, 4 staff have gone through a disciplinary process since March 2013. Only one of these cases has proceeded to an Employment Tribunal. There are no central records prior to this date.

Part B

Within the Department for Transport (excluding its Agencies), there have been 49 disciplinary cases and 12 Employment Tribunals since April 2013. Information prior to this date is not readily available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.


8th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many members of staff have left HS2 Ltd or his Department and been re-engaged on a self-employed or consultancy basis by either organisation in each year since the formation of HS2 Ltd.

Part A

HS2 Ltd do not have any staff who have been re-engaged on a self-employed or consultancy basis.

Part B

The Department for Transport (excluding its Agencies) has 3 staff that have been re engaged on a self-employed or consultancy basis during this time period.


8th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff have transferred from another government department to HS2 Ltd in each year since HS2 Ltd was formed; and from what Departments those staff transferred.

HS2 Ltd do not hold a record of organisations from which employees are hired. However, there are 3 staff known to HS2 Ltd that have transferred during the last two years from Department for Transport, one from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and one from the Cabinet Office.

8th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many personnel employed by or on secondment to HS2 Ltd of each grade have left the organisation in each year since it was formed.

The table below sets out the number of personnel by grade employed by or on secondment to HS2 Ltd who have left the organisation in each year since 2013.


HS2 Grade

Civil Service/DfT Grade

2013

2014

2015

22+

SCS2

0

0

1

21

SCS1

2

1

1

20

SCS1

0

0

1

19

G6

2

5

3

18

G6

1

3

10

17

G7

2

4

9

16

SEO

2

8

12

15

SEO

2

5

8

14

HEO

3

8

8

13

HEO

4

7

10

12

EO

2

2

4

11

AO

3

11

11

10

AO

4

6

3

9

AA

0

0

0


Total

27

60

81


8th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department currently uses for the cost of rolling stock for High Speed 2.

The current estimate for High Speed 2 rolling stock is approximately £7.0bn (in 2015 prices).

8th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 11.10 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, whether the figure of £55.7 billion for High Speed 2 is exclusive of the cost of rolling stock for that project.

The £55.7bn long-term funding envelope for delivering HS2 includes funding provision for rolling stock.

8th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that communities and environmental mitigation is allocated sufficient funding in Phase 2 of High Speed 2.

In the 2015 Spending Review, the Government restated the long-term funding envelope for the HS2 programme at £55.7bn in 2015 prices. This envelope includes funding for Phase Two with contingency. We intend to deliver the most cost effective design for HS2 and ensure that the best value is achieved. We have a regime in place for delivering HS2 and managing costs which will ensure there is sufficient funding for community and environmental mitigation.



30th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the average operating speed for High Speed trains to Europe.

Eurostar operate passenger trains from London into Europe at speeds of up to 186 miles per hour.

19th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) salary and (b) contract length is of each member of the HS2 Independent Design Panel.

The independent Design Panel will advise and inspire HS2 Ltd to design and deliver a transformational railway for the nation.


Design Panel members will only be paid for the days they work for HS2. On average, that commitment will be between 4 and 5 days per year. This would mean a salary of between £1,600 and £2,000 per year.


Their contract length is two-years with the option of a one-year extension.


The Design Panel Chair is on a £590 daily rate and currently works six days a month, dropping to four days a month from April 2016.

18th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people work on High Speed 2 in (a) his Department and (b) HS2 Ltd; and what the (i) grade, (ii) salary and (iii) location is of each such person.

With regards to part (a), (i) and (ii) of the question, the High Speed Rail headcount for permanent full time equivalents (FTEs) currently in post in the Department is shown in the attached table 1. The salaries shown are average DfT Central salaries. All staff are located in Great Minister House in London.


With regards to part (b), (i), (ii) and (iii) of the question, the HS2 Ltd headcount for permanent full time equivalents (FTEs) currently in post is shown in the attached table 2. Table 2 also shows the split between staff based in London and in Birmingham, with salaries at each grade shown as averages.

18th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which companies have expressed an interest in bidding for the seven engineering contracts announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on his recent visit to China.

I am not able to disclose the identities of companies who may have expressed interest in the HS2 Phase One Main Works Civils Contracts since that procurement process is ongoing at the present time and this information is commercially sensitive.


18th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which legal advisers and barristers have been used by (a) HS2 Ltd and (b) his Department on matters relating to High Speed 2 since the start of the project; and how much each such adviser or barrister (i) has been paid and (ii) is owed.

Since the start of the High Speed 2 project, High Speed Two (HS2) Limited and the Department for Transport have used two types of external legal advisers – solicitors (including parliamentary agents) and barristers.


High Speed Two (HS2) Limited has appointed solicitors Eversheds LLP in relation to property & planning and general commercial work, and Herbert Smith Freehills in relation to construction. High Speed Two (HS2) Limited has indicated to the Department that to date it has paid £2,202,410.59 to Eversheds LLP and £763,064.07 to Herbert Smith Freehills. Both figures exclude VAT.


The Department has appointed a joint team of solicitors/parliamentary agents from Winckworth Sherwood and Eversheds LLP to provide support in relation to Phase One of the High Speed 2 project. To date, it has paid £4,019,170.18 to Winckworth Sherwood and £3,022,492.30 to Eversheds. These fees are correct up to the end of September 2015 and are exclusive of VAT.


The Department has previously, or continues to, instruct the following barristers to support the HS2 Phase One hybrid Bill: Tim Mould QC, James Strachan QC, Lisa Busch, Richard Wald, John Jolliffe, Jacqueline Lean and Richard Turney. Each barrister is remunerated at government hourly rates agreed with the Attorney General. The current spend to date on these barristers in relation to the Bill is £1,404,978.96 and is exclusive of VAT.


Since approximately 2010, the Department has also instructed a number of barristers on other HS2 work. These barristers will have been remunerated at government hourly rates agreed with the Attorney General, but unfortunately it would involve disproportionate cost for the Department to provide precise figures.



9th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the route of phase one of High Speed 2 was surveyed prior to the publication of the Supplementary Environmental Statement.

The Supplementary Environmental Assessment was based on physical surveys of around 75% of the land within Bill limits.

9th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what dates the National Environmental Forum has met since 2012; and who attended each such meeting.

There have been 11 National Environment Forums that have taken place since 2012. Representatives attend from a range of relevant Government organisations to ensure environmental issues are taken account of.The attendees are:

DfT

HS2 Ltd

Environment Agency

DECC

DEFRA

English Heritage

Natural England

Historic England

Arup

DCMS

Forestry Commission

9th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how the Work of the Natural Capital Committee has informed environmental decision-making on the High Speed 2 project.

HS2 has been designed to meet all of the legislation and relevant policy currently in place to protect the environment. Many of the recommendations set out by the Natural Capital Committee have already been addressed by the work being undertaken by HS2 Ltd, such as the use of webTAG and aiming to achieve no net loss to biodiversity.

9th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that emissions from the construction and operation of High Speed 2 will comply with air pollution mitigation measures in the new air quality plans being developed by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

HS2 Ltd is working with the Local Authorities affected by the Scheme through the Environmental Health Sub-Group of the Planning Forum. These Local Authorities have responsibilities for Local Air Quality Management, and have Action Plans which feed into the air quality plans which are being consulted on by Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

30th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place in the Library (a) Major Project Authority reports on High Speed 2 for 2013-14 and (b) an update on such reports for 2015.

The Government has no plans to place the MPA review reports for 2013-14 in the House of Commons library.

Major Project Authority (MPA) reports are confidential: the reports are designed to provide government and project teams with a frank assessment of a project’s progress and challenges at a point in time.

The assessment is based on a review of documents and candid interviews with project personnel.  Disclosure of these reports may cause future interviewees for this project or others to be less frank in their exchanges, undermining the integrity and value of the process.

29th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, from which countries the trees required for ecological mitigation planting for High Speed 2 will be sourced.

HS2 Ltd’s aim is for all trees to be UK grown, if possible.  Until the procurement process has been complete it is not possible to confirm the actual countries from which trees will be sourced.

29th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the trees required for ecological mitigation planting for High Speed 2 have been procured.

Procurement of trees will follow Royal Assent.  HS2 Ltd are working closely with the Forestry Commission and Growers Associations to ensure that tree procurement and supply is undertaken in accordance to the specification and programme described in the Environmental Statement.

29th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which ancient woodlands in which areas are currently planned for destruction for temporary works associated with High Speed 2.

It is not expected that any ancient woodland areas will be utilised for temporary works. HS2 Ltd are working to ensure that any such impacts on ancient woodland, if identified, are removed as part of the detailed design process.

29th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which ancient woodlands are under discussion with Natural England to be added to the ancient woodland inventory of Phase 1 of High Speed 2.

Natural England will be publishing a list of woodlands near the route of HS2 Phase One to be added to the ancient woodland inventory. These are:

Name

Location

Hectares

Blackwaste Wood

Warwickshire

1.6

Fox Covert

Northamptonshire

1.7

Newyears Green Covert

Greater London

1.5

Fulfen Wood

Staffordshire

1.02

Walker's Spinney

Warwickshire

1.2

Little Poors Wood

Warwickshire

1.45

Big Poors Wood

Warwickshire

3.3

Park Wood Common Plantation

Greater London

3.4

Burnt Firs

Warwickshire

3.03

Nr Stoneleigh Wood

Warwickshire

1.52

Lodge Spinney

Warwickshire

2.3

Birches Wood

Warwickshire

0.5

Parkhill

West Midlands

2.6

Langley Woods

West Midlands

1.2

Fox Covert/Glyn Davies Wood

Northamptonshire

5.01

Little Lyntus wood

Staffordshire

1.4

29th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons HS2 Ltd is challenging the classification of the additional woods to be added to the ancient woodland inventory; and if he will make a statement.

HS2 Ltd has not challenged the classification of additional woodlands.  HS2 Ltd have provided survey information and heritage information assessments of all of the additional ancient woodlands suggested to Natural England by the Woodland Trust and other stakeholders.  This has enabled Natural England to come to their own informed conclusions about which ancient woodlands should be added to the inventory.

29th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the supplementary environmental statement for High Speed 2 will be published; and how long the consultation period for that document will be.

A Supplementary Environmental Statement relating to the High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill will be deposited in Parliament, and in local authority offices and libraries in affected areas, on 13th July 2015. It will also be published online on gov.uk on that date. The consultation period will run from 13th July until 28th August 2015, a period of 47 days.

29th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of trees used for ecological mitigation planting for High Speed 2 will be sourced from the UK.

The intention is for all trees to be UK grown, if possible. On the advice of the Forestry Commission and others, one third of the seed to come from the UK.

8th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the plans for Euston Station and High Speed 2 will be announced; and if he will make a statement.

As part of its plans for High Speed 2, HS2 Ltd is reviewing its proposals for the redevelopment of Euston Station and is proposing to deposit revised plans for the station in an Additional Provision to the Phase One hybrid Bill later this year.

8th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the report on the extension of High Speed 2 to Scotland will be published; and if he will make a statement.

Advice prepared by HS2 Ltd in conjunction with the Department for Transport, Transport Scotland and the Scotland Office to identify broad options for high speed and upgraded railways to the north of England and Scotland is currently with Ministers for consideration. This advice will be published in due course.

8th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the route of Phase 1 of High Speed 2 has been surveyed.

Where access to land has been secured, physical surveys have been made possible on over 80% of the route. ‎In those locations where this has not yet been possible, desk based research (for example, using data sets provided from Statutory Agencies, Local Authorities and local Wildlife Trusts) and aerial surveys have been undertaken. The results of these are detailed in the Environmental Statement for Phase One, published to accompany the deposit of the hybrid Bill and the subsequent Additional Provisions.

8th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Phase 2 route of High Speed 2 will be announced.

The Government is considering the responses to the consultation on the route from the West Midlands to Manchester, Leeds and beyond. It will set out how it plans to take forward HS2 Phase Two later this year.

28th May 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the report from the Davies Commission on airport capacity will be published.

It is for the independent Airports Commission to determine when to publish its final report.

Following the Airports Commission’s final report, we will consider the Commission’s full body of work and decide how and at what pace to respond to any recommendation the Commission may make.

28th May 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish a list of all properties on phase 1 of High Speed 2 which lie (a) within 300 metres, (b) between 300 and 500 metres and (c) between 500 and 1,000 metres of the route where it is constructed from the surface in (i) Chesham and Amersham and (ii) Aylesbury.

This information cannot be provided because to do so would not be consistent with the principles of the Data Protection Act.

28th May 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Residents' Commissioner at HS2 Ltd will produce her first quarterly report.

I anticipate that the report will be published in early June.

24th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total cost is of production of the Design Vision for High Speed 2.

The development and agreement of the design vision cost in total £77,000.

This included engaging with the design industry, carrying out a survey, running and full day seminar event, carrying out one-to-one interviews with leading designers, and carrying out consultation and development work with key staff followed by the production and print run of the design vision.

17th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which contracts have been entered into by his Department or HS2 Ltd in relation to High Speed 2; what the timescales of those contracts are; and what penalties there are for early termination of each contract.

As part of the Government’s transparency agenda, the Department publishes information on contracts above the £10,000 threshold on Contracts Finder. This is subject to an exemption under the Freedom of Information Act or, where applicable, the Public Interest Test.

A specific list of contracts into which DfT(c) has entered in relation to High Speed 2 is provided below. We have focussed our response on contracts which were let out from 1 April 2014 to 1 March 2015. We have also interpreted the term “contract” to mean base contract and did not include the substantive extensions. The information below includes contracts for contingent labour.

DfT(c) Contract Name

Contract start date

Contract end date

HS2 Sponsor Team Commercial and Programme Management Specialists

9/2/15

8/2/16

HS2 Research Project (Capturing the value of major infrastructure: learning from Europe)

23/6/14

30/11/14

HS2 Research Project (Ambitions & expectations – disseminating the insights. Phase 3 pt1)

4/3/15

31/3/15

HS2 Logic Mapping

11/8/14

24/12/14

HS2 Private Finance Study

16/12/14

31/3/15

HS2 Strategic Case Consultancy

7/11/14

30/4/15

HS2 Interim Financial Adviser Consultancy

9/2/15

30/9/15

Behavioural Insight - HS2 Property

19/09/14

31/12/14

Project Management Support to HS2 Property Programme

22/09/14

31/03/14

Tripartite Co-operation Board Chair

1/07/14

30/06/18

Independent advisor to the SRO (Advisory Support to Director General, High Speed 2Group)

1/01/15

31/03/16

1 Contingent Labour worker

2/12/14

2/06/15

1 Contingent Labour worker

10/11/14

27/02/15

The majority of the Department’s consultancy contracts for HS2 have been let against the Crown Commercial Service Consultancy One Framework Terms and Conditions. The framework terms and conditions do not have penalty clauses for early termination, but set out the rights and obligations for both the Department and the Contractor in the event of an early termination.

The standard termination period for contingent labour worker is 30 days.

The standard termination period for contracts issued under the Consultancy One Framework depends on the reason for termination and can be with immediate effect for a material breach, persistent failure or grave misconduct. The Department may at its absolute discretion under termination of convenience at any time and for any reason terminate the contracted services and work at the Department’s convenience by giving the Bidder five business days’ notice in writing of its intention to do so.

A specific list of contracts into which HS2 Ltd has entered is provided in the attached table.

16th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) number and (b) pay of construction workers that will be employed to build High Speed 2 for each month taken for that construction.

Indicative construction programmes are set out in the Environmental Statement submitted to Parliament in the Community Forum Area Volume 2 reports. These programmes will be developed further through the hybrid Bill and detailed design process. Information on the number of construction workers required and pay details for each month during construction can only be fully determined after Royal Assent. The cost will be delivered within the funding envelope for HS2.

For Phase One it is estimated there will be:

14,600 construction jobs

2,200 operations & maintenance jobs

5,480 supply chain jobs

30,000 jobs supported by stations & depots

The figures have been published in the HS2 Phase One Environmental Statement Non-technical summary section 7.10. The document is available at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hs2-phase-one-environmental-statement-non-technical-summary

10th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 March to Question 225879, if he will publish an updated business case for (a) phase 1, (b) phase 2 and (c) the whole of the High Speed 2 project.

The most recent update to the HS2 Business Case was published in October 2013 here.

The Department will continue to keep the Business Case under review and further updates will be prepared as the programme reaches critical milestones.

9th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what environmental information his Department took into account to inform the choice of a Y-shaped network for High Speed 2.

In developing the choice of a Y-shaped network for High Speed 2, the Secretary of State for Transport has taken into account environmental information as contained in or evidenced by:

2009 information

  • the HS2 2009 Report, High Speed Two: London to the West Midlands and Beyond

2010 information

  • Atkins Report, High Speed 2 Strategic Alternatives Study Baseline Study (March 2010)
  • Atkins Report, High Speed 2 Strategic Alternatives Study Strategic Outline Case (March 2010)
  • Atkins Report, High Speed “ Strategic Alternatives Study Rail Interventions Report (March 2010)
  • Atkins Report, High Speed Strategic Alternatives Study Highway Interventions Report (March 2010)
  • HS2 Report, High Level Assessment of the wider network options – reverse ‘S’ and ‘Y’ (October 2010)
  • High Speed Rail London to the West Midlands and Beyond – Supplemental Report – An additional report to Government by High Speed Two Ltd refining the alignment of HS2’s recommended route (September 2010)
  • High Speed Rail London to the West Midlands and Beyond – Line of Route Supplementary Report (4 November 2010)
  • High Speed Rail London to the West Midlands and Beyond – Line of Route Supplementary Report (19 November 2010)
  • High Speed Rail London to the West Midlands and Beyond – Confirming the Line of Route Supplementary Report (3 December 2010)

2011 information

  • HS2 London to West Midlands Appraisal of Sustainability (February 2011)
  • Atkins Report, High Speed 2 Strategic Alternatives Study London to West Midlands Alternatives – update of economic appraisal (February 2011)
  • High Speed Rail: Investing in Britain’s Future Consultation Summary Report (November 2011)
  • High Speed Rail Consultation Summary Report (Dialogue by Design) (November 2011)
  • Network Rail Report, Review of Strategic Alternatives to High Speed Two (November 2011)

2012 information

  • Review of the Government’s Strategy for a National High Speed Rail Network (January 2012)
  • Atkins Report, High Sp