HS2 in Hansard 24/6/2013

High Speed 2 Railway Line
Michael Fabricant: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport what additional compensation schemes for
people whose homes are affected by High Speed 2
would be funded under Clause 4(c) of the High Speed
Rail (Preparation) Bill. [160668]
Mr Simon Burns: The 1932 PAC concordat1 specifies
that where spending carried out under common law
powers is significant or likely to persist, parliamentary
authority should be sought. Any non-statutory property
compensation payments for HS2, beyond the phase one
Exceptional Hardship Scheme, appears to meet both
these criteria. The High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill
will, therefore, ensure that authority is granted for such
compensation to be made following the planned
consultation that will be held later this year.
The PAC Concordat is not believed to apply to the
phase one Exceptional Hardship Scheme, as this scheme
was only ever considered as an interim measure and as
such the spending is not likely to persist.
1 See Annex 2.1 of HM Treasury Managing Public Money:
attachment_data/file/179695/mpm_whole.pdf.pdf
Mr Tom Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport what requests for discussions he has received
from his counterpart in the Scottish Government on its
potential involvement in the planned high speed rail
networks. [161342]
The Secretary of State for Transport,
my right hon. Friend the Member for Derbyshire Dales
(Mr McLoughlin), is in regular contact with the Scottish
Government but has not had any meetings to discuss
high speed rail. The Department is undertaking a study
in collaboration with the Scottish Government on how
to boost capacity and cut journey times so that Scotland
can enjoy the benefits of a High Speed Britain.
Details of ministerial meetings with external organisations
are published quarterly and can be found at:
#meetings
Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport
whether his Department has made an assessment of the
effect of High Speed 2 on UK air travel. [161471]
Mr Simon Burns: The Economic Case for HS2
incorporates estimates of mode shift from air to rail as
a result of the introduction of HS2. The current HS2
Economic Case forecast from HS2 Ltd is that in 2037
the completedYnetwork will carry 5.4 million passengers
who might otherwise have travelled by air.
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