HS2 in Hansard 06/03/2012

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Maria Eagle:To ask the Secretary of State forTransport

whether he intends to bring before the House paving

legislation in respect of High Speed 2 in the current

session of Parliament. [146107]

Mr Simon Burns:When parliamentary time allows, it

is the Secretary of State’s intention to introduce a HS2

paving bill. Parliamentary time is not available to allow

this in the current session. The content of the legislative

programme for the third session will be set out in the

Queen’s Speech in May.

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Maria Eagle:To ask the Secretary of State forTransport

whether he intends to bring forward a hybrid Bill on the

first phase of the High Speed 2 route between London

and Birmingham in the current Session of Parliament.

[146108]

Mr Simon Burns: We do not intend to introduce the

hybrid Bill in the current Session of Parliament. As set

out in the Department for Transport business plan, we

are committed to depositing a hybrid Bill by the end of

2013 to seek the powers necessary to construct and

operate the first phase of the High Speed 2 route

between London and Birmingham.

Maria Eagle:To ask the Secretary of State forTransport

whether any changes have been made on expenditure on

High Speed 2 since the figures set out in the 2010

spending review. [146109]

Mr Simon Burns: As part of the Government’s

comprehensive spending review in 2010, £773 million

was allocated to the development of the High Speed 2

Project.

This has increased to around £900 million, primarily

due to an increase in the capital budget relating to

property compensation. This increase reflects the

forthcoming introduction, subject to the outcome of

the recent consultation, of long-term discretionary and

statutory compensation schemes for Phase One. The

increase in budget was notified to HM Treasury as part

of the Department’s main estimate submissions at the

beginning of 2012.

Maria Eagle:To ask the Secretary of State forTransport

how much (a) his Department and (b) HS2 Ltd spent

on High Speed 2 in (i) 2010-11, (ii) 2011-12 and (iii)

2012-13. [146110]

Mr Simon Burns: I refer the hon. Member to my

answer tomy right hon. Friend the Member for Chesham

and Amersham (Mrs Gillan) of 28 February 2013,

Official Report, column 588W.

Maria Eagle:To ask the Secretary of State forTransport

how much (a) his Department and (b) HS2 Ltd plans

to spend on High Speed 2 in (i) 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15.

[146111]

Mr Simon Burns: For the financial years 2013-14 and

2014-15, budgets for the Department for Transport and

HS2 Ltd have yet to be determined and are going

through a process of finalisation.

Maria Eagle:To ask the Secretary of State forTransport

what discussions he has had with local authorities on

the introduction of paving legislation on High Speed 2.

[146112]

Mr Simon Burns: The content of future legislative

sessions remains unconfirmed until the time of the

Queen’s Speech and has not formed the basis for discussion

between the Secretary of State for Transport and external

groups or stakeholders.

Maria Eagle:To ask the Secretary of State forTransport

what discussions he has had with (a) parliamentary

authorities and (b) Ministerial colleagues regarding

publishing the Environmental Impact Assessment for

High Speed 2 in electronic form only. [146114]

Mr Simon Burns: The Standing Orders of Parliament

(for private business) require that copies of Bill

documentation are deposited at specific locations.

In order to deviate fromthe Standing Order requirements

to deposit copies of documentation, parliamentary approval

would need to be secured. The Government is preparing

a proposal,which will be formally presented to Parliament

prior to the deposit of the Bill. To inform this work, the

proposal was discussed with ministerial colleagues in

December 2012 and discussions with parliamentary

authorities are ongoing.

Maria Eagle:To ask the Secretary of State forTransport

what consideration he has given to publishing the

Environmental Impact Assessment for High Speed 2 in

electronic form only. [146113]

Mr Simon Burns: The Standing Orders of Parliament

(for private business) require that copies of Bill

documentation are deposited at specific locations.

The Environmental Statement is estimated, in its

entirety, to exceed 50,000 pages. TheGovernment recognises

that, for HS2, it would be simpler, cheaper, quicker and

more environmentally friendly to provide electronic copies

of the relevant documents.

This is something that we are exploring and we are

developing a proposal to enable the Environmental

Statement to be published in electronic format, wherever

possible. In considering whether we would want to

publish the Environmental Statement in electronic copy

only, we would need to ensure that this would not

disadvantage particular groups within society—it is

important that all interested members of the public are

able to access the relevant environmental information.

The proposal will be presented formally to Parliament

in due course, prior to the deposit of the Bill.

 

 

High Speed Rail and HS2 in mentioned in other parts but not in another seperate section.

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmhansrd/chan125.pdf

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