High Speed 2 Railway Line
Ian Paisley: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport what the current status is of the High Speed
2 Rail Project. 
Mr Simon Burns: Phase One of HS2, from London to
west midlands, is currently undergoing detailed design
work and we intend to consult on a draft environmental
statement shortly.We will be 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 west midlands.
The initial preferred route for Phase Two of HS2,
from the west midlands to Manchester and Leeds, was
announced on 28 January 2013.We will launch a public
consultation on these options later this year.
High Speed Two
Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport what fees and salaries were paid to (a)
board members and (b) members of the executive
committee of HS2 Ltd in the year to 31 March 2013.
Mr Simon Burns: The salaries and fees paid to board
members of HS2 Ltd will be published in their annual
accounts in June and the salaries of other members of
the executive committee, effective at March 2013, will
be updated on the Data.gov.uk website in May.