High Speed 2 Railway Line
Ian Paisley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport
whether repair work from storm damage to High Speed
2 railways during its construction has been factored in
to the budget for the project. 
Mr Goodwill: The current estimate for Phase 1 includes
a contingency allowance which recognises the level of
risk and uncertainty on the project at this early stage of
its development. This contingency includes provision
for severe weather related risks during construction.
As the project progresses HS2 Ltd will review and
update the risks which informthe contingency allowance,
including the extent to which the severe weather provision
is sufficient, recognising the difficulty in mitigating against
naturally occurring events which are beyond the control
of HS2 Ltd to prevent.