HS2 in hansard 21/03/2013

High Speed 2 Railway Line
Michael Fabricant: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member
for Stone of 1 February 2013, Official Report, column
1007W, on High Speed 2 railway line, whether the
announced package of discretionary measures will be
the same for property owners along phase two of High
Speed 2 as for those along phase one; and if he will
make a statement. [149162]
Mr Simon Burns:We are still considering the effect of
Mr Justice Ouseley’s judgment on our proposals for
discretionary compensation. We will launch a fresh
consultation on discretionary compensation as a priority.
Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport
what the average offer made was for properties prior to
an application to the Exceptional Hardship scheme
relating to the High Speed 2 route as a percentage of the
price at which the property was first marketed. [149199]
Mr Simon Burns: HS2 Ltd does not currently hold
this information as it is not collated as a matter of
course. I have asked HS2 Ltd to draw the requested
information together. As soon as this has been done I
will write to the right hon. Lady and place a copy of the
letter in the Library of the House.
Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport
what level of costs his Department will be (a) seeking
and (b) paying to the organisations that brought the
judicial reviews against High Speed 2. [149230]
Mr Simon Burns: The Department will be claiming
costs from the local authority claimants, Heathrow
Hub Ltd, HS2 Action Alliance (for its main claim), and
the Aylesbury Park Golf Club. The level of costs that
we claim from the local authorities and Heathrow Hub
Ltd will be subject to an assessment. The level of costs
thatwe claim fromHS2 Action Alliance and theAylesbury
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Park Golf Club will be up to the value of £10,000 from
each, due to protective cost orders that are in place for
these claims. The Department is also required to pay
the costs of HS2 Action Alliance (for its property
claim) up to the value of £25,000.
Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport
what compensation he plans to seek from Dialogue for
Design following the adverse judgement against the
running of the first consultation compensation process
for High Speed 2. [149231]
Mr Simon Burns: The flaws identified by Mr Justice
Ouseley in the Government’s 2011 consultation on
compensation were not related to Dialogue by Design’s
analysis, nor were they caused by any fault of Dialogue
by Design. Therefore there is no need for the Government
to take any action against them.
Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport whether he plans to tender for the re-run of
the compensation consultation process for High Speed
2; and if he will take steps to exclude Dialogue for
Design from any such consultation. [149232]
Mr Simon Burns: The Department for Transport is
now giving detailed consideration to all aspects of the
fresh consultation on compensation options, including
any new tender.
The European procurement directive requires that
companies are treated equally and in a non-discriminatory
way and applications for work have to be treated on
their merits on a fair and consistent basis.
Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport
(1) what the estimated cost is to his Department of
re-running the compensation consultation for the first
stage of High Speed 2; [149233]
(2) when he plans to re-run the consultation on
compensation for the first stage of High Speed 2; and if
he will make a statement. [149234]
Mr Simon Burns:We are still considering the implications
of the recent judgment on our proposals for discretionary
compensation.
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