HS2 in Hansard 14/10/2013

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Andrew Bridgen: To ask the Secretary of State for

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what

discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for

Transport on limiting loss of ancient woodland from

High Speed 2; [170144]

(2) how many of his Department’s officials are

working with the Department of Transport on limiting

environmental damage during the construction of

High Speed 2. [170145]

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George Eustice: The Secretary of State forEnvironment,

Food and Rural Affairs, my right hon. Friend the

Member for North Shropshire (Mr Paterson), has not

held any specific discussions to date with the Secretary

of State for Transport,my right hon. Friend the Member

for Derbyshire Dales (Mr McLoughlin), on limiting

loss of ancient woodland from High Speed 2.

DEFRA’s non-departmental public bodies, Natural

England (NE) and the Environment Agency (EA), are

providing environmental advice to HS2 Ltd at an early

stage, in advance of any future parliamentary, planning,

licensing and permitting phases. They will look at the

impact of the route as they would any scheme of this

nature. This will ensure that the development of HS2 is

consistent with a robust approach to environmental

compliance. NE and EA’s engagement with HS2 Ltd is

underpinned by formal service level agreements.

The varying range and terms of inputs required from

DEFRA officials over the pre-legislative stages of HS2

to date mean it is not possible to determine a precise

figure for numbers involved. Officials however work

with their DFT colleagues to ensure that high standards

of environmental compliance are integral parts of the

HS2 project.

Parliament will have the opportunity to consider the

final Environmental Statement (ES) when it is deposited

alongside the Hybrid Bill. The final ES will include

detailed information on the environmental impacts of

the scheme and the company’s proposed mitigation.

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport what discussions his Department had with

(a) the Council of Mortgage Lenders and (b) the

National Federation of Estate Agents whilst devising

the compensation proposals for those affected by Phase

One of the High Speed 2 scheme. [170215]

Mr Goodwill: Both the Council of Mortgage Lenders

and the National Association of Estate Agents meet as

part of a multilateral group of interested organisations

with HS2 and officials fromthe Department forTransport,

where the emerging proposals were discussed.

Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport what the total length in kilometres of the

HS2/HS1 link is (a) tunnelled and (b) above ground.

[170521]

Mr Goodwill: The HS1-HS2 Link runs on the surface

for 2.2 km from HS1 to Primrose Hill where it enters a

6.3 km long tunnel which ends at Old Oak Common.

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Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport what the (a) fastest and (b) average journey

time (i) is and (ii) will be after completion of High

Speed 2 between London and (A) Sandwell and Dudley

and (B) Wolverhampton; and if he will make a

statement. [170558]

Mr Goodwill: The exact timetable, stopping patterns

and services which will operate from the completion of

HS2 phase 1 have not yet been determined. It is not

realistic to set a timetable this far ahead. However, there

is no reason to believe that direct train service times

from London to these destinations will be adversely

affected. In addition, new services may enable passengers

also to have faster journeys to these destinations by

using HS2 services and changing as necessary.

Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport whether his Department has commissioned

KPMGto make an assessment of the regional economic

effects of alternatives to High Speed 2. [170575]

Mr Goodwill: The Department did not commission

KPMG to analyse the regional economic impacts of

HS2, nor has it commissioned KPMG to assess the

regional economic effects of an alternative to HS2.

HS2 Ltd commissionedKPMGto analyse the potential

scale, range and distribution of regional economic impacts

brought about by HS2. The report ‘HS2Regional Economic

Impacts’ was published on 11 September.

High Speed Two

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport if he will publish the (a) advertisement, (b)

schedule of the placement of the advertisement, (c)

detail of the interview process, (d) members of the

interview panel and (e) all the applicants for the newly

appointed chairman of High Speed 2. [169821]

Mr Goodwill: The lengthy process of running a formal

recruitment campaign would have risked not having a

new chairman in post when Doug Oakervee steps down.

The appointment of Sir David reflects the importance

of ensuring a smooth and swift transition as HS2 enters

its next crucial phase with the deposit of the Hybrid Bill

which will deliver parliamentary approval for the first

phase of the line between London and Birmingham.

The appointment of Sir David is absolutely the right

move for a project which is so vital to our economic

success and Sir David has an excellent track record of

delivery.

The code of practice for the Office of the Commissioner

for Public Appointments provides that in exceptional

circumstances, a Departmentmay depart fromthe processes

set out in that code. Sir David Normington, the

Commissioner for Public Appointments, agreed that

this was such a case and agreed the appointment without

a competition to ensure a smooth and swift transition

to the role.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

if he will place (a) a copy of the contract for Sir David

Higgins, the newly-appointed Chairman of HS2 Ltd,

and (b) details of his remuneration and pension package

in the Library. [169822]

Mr Goodwill: In line with normal practice we will

make public the remuneration package of Sir David

Higgins. We have no plans to place his contract in the

Library of the House.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport if he will publish financial details of the

severance agreement with the outgoing Chairman of

HS2 Ltd. [169823]

Mr Goodwill: Doug Oakervee has given notice of his

intention to leave HS2 Ltd as provided for in his contract.

No severance agreement applies.

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