HS2 in Hansard 10/09/2013

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the extra cost of compensation to the owners of the further properties along the route of Phase 1 of High Speed 2 to whom letters have been sent this week informing them that their property will be required for HS2 construction purposes. [168329]

Mr Simon Burns: The land and property cost estimate, that will form part of the estimate of expense, is currently being prepared as part of the HS2 Phase One hybrid Bill documentation. It will seek to include appropriate allowances for all the properties affected by the scheme. It will be published when the hybrid Bill is deposited in Parliament later this year.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the revised maps showing the extra properties along the route of Phase 1 of High Speed 2 where owners are this week being informed that their property is in some way required for the construction of

High Speed 2. [168334]

Mr Simon Burns: Revised maps will be prepared and published when the HS2 Phase 1 hybrid Bill is deposited

in Parliament later this year.

Mr Osborne: On planet earth,we inherited an economic mess, and we are putting it right. As I say, if Labour Members are serious about advocating an alternative economic plan, perhaps theywould tell us today—perhaps someone will stand up and tell us—whether they oppose our spending cuts and would reverse them.We have not heard that today. T9. [900216]

Eric Ollerenshaw (Lancaster and Fleetwood) (Con): Will my right hon. Friend continue his support for specific major infrastructure projects such as superfast broadband, rail electrification and High Speed 2, which should begin to address the divide between north and south that grew so much wider under the previous Government?

Mr Osborne: I strongly agree with what my fellow north-west MP has said. I think that investment in infrastructure is important, whether it is investment in superfast broadband for rural areas in Lancashire, investment in the northern rail hub—which, although it was campaigned for by parties on all sides in the north of England for years under the last Government, did not happen then, but is happening under thisGovernment —or, indeed, investment in High Speed 2, which will help to change the economic geography of the country, and will ensure that all parts of it benefit from the economic recovery. I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend: those things need to go ahead.