High Speed 2 Railway Line
Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what methodology was used to estimate the cost of the High Speed 2 project; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr Simon Burns: HS2 Ltd has appointed leading engineering consultancies to prepare estimates using a range of conventional techniques. The estimates are subject to a number of assurance processes including peer and independent review.Additionally, risks associated with the project are identified and assessed to inform an appropriate level of contingency.
Hywel Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the benefits to North West Wales as a result of High Speed 2. 
Mr Simon Burns: No specific assessment has been made of the direct benefits to NorthWestWales.However passengers will benefit from High Speed 2 via the interchange at Crewe and connection to West Coast Mainline. The Government’s ambition is for a truly national network that is expected to deliver around £2 of benefits for every £1 spent.
Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with organisations involved in the recent completion of high speed rail projects in (a) France, (b) Germany and (c) Spain. 
Mr Simon Burns: In November last year, the Secretary of State for Transport,my right hon. Friend the Member for Derbyshire Dales (Mr McLoughlin), met with SNCF, France’s state-owned railway company that operates France’s national rail services including the Train á GrandeVitesse (TGV)—France’s high-speed rail network. Officials are also continuously considering if there are any valuable lessons from other high speed rail projects that theUKcould possibly use in the development of their HS2 plans.