HS2 in Hansard 02/12/2013

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Andrew Bridgen: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport what discussions have taken place between

HS2 Ltd and the Coal Authority on mining subsidence

and unreported bell pits along the proposed route of

High Speed 2. [R] [177557]

 

Mr Goodwill: HS2 Ltd has obtained historical mapping

from the Coal Authority which helped inform the route

selection for Phase One. In addition, HS2 Ltd has also

liaised with Network Rail and the Highways Agency

regarding planning for HS2 in areas of historic mining

activity. Once Phase Two of the project moves into the

hybrid Bill development stage, which is due to commence

in early 2015, further engagement with the Coal Authority

as well as detailed geotechnical studies will be undertaken

for this stage of the project.

 

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

how many properties in the entire safeguarded area for

phase one of High Speed 2 are not to be demolished.

[179222]

 

Mr Goodwill: HS2 Ltd estimate the number of properties

within the safeguarding zone for HS2 phase one, which

are not to be demolished as a result of construction or

operation, is 3730.

 

Of this number, some 3,450 are within sub-surface

safeguarding, which normally means that the route is in

tunnel at that point.

 

Note:

Safeguarding numbers were calculated using Royal Mail data

cross matched with HS2 Ltd’s mapping information.

 

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport how much Deloitte LLP was paid for

producing the HS2 Property bond option report; and

whether this report was reviewed by either an external

independent panel or his Department. [179223]

 

Mr Goodwill: Deloitte LLP was paid £66,447.42 inclusive

of VAT to produce the HS2 Property bond option

report. The report was not reviewed by an external

independent panel. The report was, however, reviewed

internally to inform the current consultation on long-term

property compensation measures for Phase One of HS2.

The output from that internal review is incorporated

into chapter 5 of the Property Compensation Consultation.

 

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport when Deloitte LLP and Robert Colley were

appointed to the new HS2 Ltd Economic Advisory

Panel; and whether Deloitte had been commissioned to

undertake any work for (a) HS2 Ltd and (b) his

Department before this date. [179224]

 

Mr Goodwill: HS2 Ltd appointed Rob Colley to the

HS2 Ltd Economic Advisory Panel on 26 September

2012. At the time of appointment, Rob Colley worked

for Deloitte LLP.

(a) Prior to 26 September 2012, Deloitte LLP had

been commissioned under the HS2 Ltd Estates Professional

Services Framework for the following contracts, to provide

re-location and acquisition advice:

Work Package 2-TNT

Work Package 3-UK Mail

Deloitte LLP has not been commissioned to undertake

any economic advisory work.

(b) The Department for Transport has not commissioned

any work from Deloitte in relation to HS2 before this

date.

 

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

what involvement Robert Colley had in Deloitte LLP’s

report on a property bond option for High Speed 2.

[179225]

 

Mr Goodwill: Robert Colley helped to proof-read and

sense-check Deloitte Real Estate’s compulsory purchase

team’s technical reporting. He also assisted in crafting

and proofing the words for a non-technical summary.

He did not advise on the design of the scheme or the

mechanics of implementation.

 

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport whether a tendering process was undertaken

to determine who would produce the report into a

property bond option for High Speed 2. [179226]

Mr Goodwill: The report on a property bond option

for High Speed Two was undertaken through an existing

contract and not subject to a separate tendering process.

 

Andrea Leadsom: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport whether his Department will provide (a)

financial support and (b) advice to individuals and

communities petitioning against the HS2 Hybrid Bill.

[179315]

 

Mr Goodwill: Petitioning is a parliamentary process

and as such guidance and contact information can be

found can be found on Parliament’s website:

http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/HS2-leaflet.pdf

This guidance leaflet has already been provided to

individuals who received landowner’s notices when the

Hybrid Bill was deposited.

 

The Department has no plans to offer financial support

to petitioners. The only cost that a petitioner needs to

incur is the £20 fee to cover the administration costs to

the House authorities of the petitioning process.

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