HS2 in Hansard 25/01/2014

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which properties in Phase 1 and Phase 2 areas have (a) been purchased to date, (b) exchanged contracts for purchase and (c) undergone a regulation to purchase by HS2 Ltd in each local authority area. [188179]

Mr Goodwill: Land and property information for Government Departments which falls under the responsibility of English Ministers is published online at the following link: http://data.gov.uk/dataset/epims

This therefore includes the addresses of property owned by the Secretary of State for Transport, for question(a).The most recently published dataset relates to propertiespurchased by the end of October 2013. The following is a summary of those data by local authority area and HS2 Phase area:

Phase 1

Local authority Number of properties purchased at 31 October 2013
Buckinghamshire County

44

Greater London Authority

3

Northamptonshire County

10

Oxfordshire County Council

2

Solihull MBC

3

Staffordshire County Council

14

Warwickshire County

28

Phase 2

Local authority Number of properties purchased at 31 October 2013
Staffordshire County Council

1

Warwickshire County

1

The information requested in questions (b) and (c) is not externally published data. For data protection purposes, it would be inappropriate to disclose such information as it relates to incomplete purchases, potentially where an individual property-owner has not yet decided how to proceed. Once a purchase has been concluded, it is externally reported via regular publishing on data.gov.uk.

Karen Lumley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2014, Official Report, column 555W, on High Speed 2: railway line, whether his Department has received further representations n this issue; and what his policy is on outside investment in High Speed 2 infrastructure. [188458]

Mr Goodwill: The Department for Transport has received no further representations pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2014, Official Report, column 555W, on High Speed 2. Due to the scale, complexity and time frame of the project, our base assumption remains that the funding and financing will be provided in large part by central Government. Through the funding envelope allocated to both phases of HS2 during the spending round, the Government reiterated their ongoing commitment to ensuring the delivery of HS2. The Government will take forward dialogue on potential funding contributions with a range of third parties in specific localities, with a view to securing a fair deal for the taxpayer, the localities involved and other interested parties. The case for HS2 has been calculated on the basis of the project being fully publicly funded. However, the Department is considering the potential for private financing to play a role in helping reduce the up-front costs to the taxpayer. Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take immediate steps to reverse the recently-announced decision by Dialogue by Design that it will only accept responses to the Environment Statement Consultation on High Speed 2 that are under 25MB. [188486]

MrGoodwill: There is no limit on the size of consultation responses that will be accepted. There is a limit of 25 MB on the size of emails that the consultation email address can receive. This is normal practice for email service providers, with gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail all having the same 25 MB limit. Such limits are put in place to ensure that email to all users is not blocked by very large files. Email is not the only route by which people can respond to the consultation. We are happy to receive responses over 25 MB by alternative means, including via a memory stick through the post. So far we are only aware of one response that exceeds 25 MB and HS2 Ltd are in the process of finding amutually agreeable solution.

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