HS2 in Hansard 18/10/2013

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Mr McKenzie: To ask the Secretary of State for

Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the

Secretary of State for Transport and Ministers in the

Scottish Government on the extension of high speed

rail to Scotland. [171389]

David Mundell: Scotland Office Ministers and officials

are in frequent contact with colleagues in DFT on the

plans for HS2 and the benefits it will bring to Scotland.

DFT and the Scotland Office are working closely

with Transport Scotland on this and ScottishGovernment

Ministers are closely engaged in this process.

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport what the economic effect of phase 2 of High

Speed 2 on (a) West Bromwich East constituency and

(b) the Black Country area will be. [171413]

Mr Goodwill: HS2 Ltd recently published a report

they had commissioned from KPMG evaluating the

potential impact of HS2 on productivity and business

location. Although the report does not look at the

effects on West Bromwich East and Black Country

specifically, it estimates that the HS2 Y-network as a

whole could generate productivity benefits of between

£1.5 billion and £3.1 billion per annum for the West

Midlands region.

Ms Ritchie: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

what recent assessment he has made of the made of the

effects on Northern Ireland of the development of the

High Speed 2 rail network. [171581]

Mr Goodwill: The benefits brought about by HS2 will

be felt right across the UK. Due to Northern Ireland’s

specific geographical offshore location to Great Britain

no detailed assessment has been made of the benefits of

High SpeedRail in respect of Northern Ireland specifically.