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Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport what estimate he has made of the cost of

preparing and drafting the proposed Hybrid Bill for

Phase 1 of High Speed 2.

Mr Goodwill: We estimate that the Department for

Transport will incur £1.7 million in direct staffing and

legal consultancy costs for the preparation of the Hybrid

Bill for Phase One from the beginning of this financial

year up to the end of this year when we aim to introduce

the Bill to Parliament. The actual drafting of the Hybrid

Bill is conducted by the Office of Parliamentary Counsel

which is based in the Cabinet Office.
Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport whether any businesses have indicated to his

Department that they plan to relocate from London to

Birmingham as a result of the planned High Speed 2

project.

Mr Goodwill: Neither the Department nor HS2 Ltd

are aware of any businesses which have indicated that

they plan to relocate from London to Birmingham.

However, as the HS2 scheme is not expected to receive

Royal Assent before 2015 and the railway to become

operational in 2026, we would not expect businesses to

be discussing relocation plans with us at this early stage.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport how many requests made pursuant to (a)

the Freedom of Information Act 2000, (b) the

Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and (c)

Data Subject Access Requests contained in the Data

Protection Act 1998 have been submitted to (i) his

Department and (ii) HS2 Ltd since 1 January 2010

concerning the High Speed 2 rail project.

Mr Goodwill: Since 1 January 2010, the Department

forTransport has handled 172 requests under theFreedom

of Information Act 2000 (FOI) and 95 requests under

the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR)

concerning the High Speed 2 rail project.

In accordance with its retention policy, the Department

only keeps detailed records about Data Subject Access

Requests for one year after the date of the last

correspondence about the request. Since August 2012

the Department has handled four requests fromindividuals

in connection with the project.

Since 1 January 2010, HS2 Ltd has received 852 FOI

and EIR requests. HS2 Ltd is unable to give the split

between FOI and EIR requests as it does not differentiate

between them in its case handling system. It has received

36 Data Subject Access Requests.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport which consultancy firms have been paid in

excess of £100,000 and (a) are being used and (b) have

been used on the High Speed 2 rail project since

1 January 2011; and what their remit is in each such

case.

Mr Goodwill: The information requested is presented

in the following table:

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Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport what assessment he has made of the number

of businesses likely to close as a result of the

construction of High Speed 2.

MrGoodwill: An assessment of the impact on businesses

of Phase 1 of High Speed 2 has been made and will be

reported in volume 3 of the Environmental Statement,

which will be published at deposit of the Phase 1 bill.

The Department recognises the importance of displaced

businesses being able to relocate to new premises and is

exploring how they can be provided with support to

facilitate this process.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport how much funding he expects to raise from

local authorities who will benefit from High Speed 2.

Mr Goodwill: The delivery of high speed rail must

deliver good value for the taxpayer. While we accept

that the majority of the scheme will be funded by

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central Government, we have consistently said that we

expect third parties which will benefit directly and

significantly fromthe project, including local authorities

and businesses, to consider contributing financially.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport when he will publish the report

commissioned by HS2 Ltd from the companies Sinclair

Knight Merz and Jacobs into the High Speed 2

modelling framework. [171458]

Mr Goodwill: The report commissioned by HS2 Ltd

from the companies Sinclair Knight Merz and Jacobs

will be published shortly alongside an update of the

economic case for HS2.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport when his Department will provide

illustrative timetables that set out planned services for

the West Coast Main Line following completion of

High Speed 2. [171459]

Mr Goodwill: We intend to make the most of the

additional capacity that HS2 will create in order to

maximise the benefits from the new railway. Railway

timetables are always evolving to meet demands for

services, and at this stage in the project it is too early to

make detailed commitments about how the rail network

will operate after HS2 Phase One opens in 2026, or after

Phase Two opens in 2033. However, illustrative scenarios

have been prepared by HS2 Ltd and Network Rail to

show how HS2 will improve commuter and regional

services.

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