HS2 in Hansard 28/11/2013

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Dan Byles:
To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport if he will provide a figure for the total cost to

HS2 Ltd of running all phase one community forum

meetings and all phase one bilateral meetings, taking

account of associated costs including those of staff

time, travel expenses, materials and preparation time

and all other relevant costs. [177322]


Mr Goodwill: Information is not available in the form

requested and can be obtained only at disproportionate


The HS2 Phase One community forums have been an

important part of the engagement process and have

provided an opportunity for members of the community

to put their issues, ideas and priorities to the engineers

and environment teams developing the design. The

forum process has been valuable in the development of

the scheme and its mitigation.


Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport whether anyone working for or on behalf of

HS2 Ltd or his Department met Lord Heseltine or any

person on his behalf or provided information, drafted

or prepared any part of the speech delivered by Lord

Heseltine to the Royal Town Planning Institute on

High Speed 2. [177324]


Mr Goodwill: Special advisers and Department for

Transport officials met Lord Heseltine on 31 October to

brief him on the recently published Strategic Case for

High Speed 2. This was part of a wider strategy of

stakeholder engagement.

Subsequently, officials provided Lord Heseltine with

further information in order for him to draft aspects of

his pre-arranged speech on Local Growth, which he

delivered at the Royal Town Planning Institute on

12 November.