HS2 in Hansard 26/02/2014

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Mr Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to ensure that the report to the Government setting out the results of the Phase Two consultation on High Speed 2 is published. [187751]

Mr Goodwill: In line with previous consultations on HS2, HS2 Ltd will publish a report summarising the responses received to the consultation as part of the advice to the Secretary of State in taking his decision. The decision on Phase Two of HS2 is due to be taken by the end of the year.

PhilipDavies: To ask the Secretary of State forTransport what representations he has received on High Speed 2 from each local authority in Yorkshire. [187885]

Mr Goodwill: Since the publication of the initial preferred route for Phase Two of HS2 in January 2013, the Secretary of State has met with representatives from Sheffield, Leeds, Wakefield and York city councils. The consultation on the Phase Two route concluded at the end of January and, to date, we have received response from Barnsley metropolitan borough council, city of Bradford metropolitan borough council, Doncaster metropolitan borough council, Leeds city council, Rotherham metropolitan borough council, Sheffield city council,Wakefield council, York city council and North Yorkshire county council.

Lilian Greenwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to publish the jobs and skills strategy for the UK workforce by HS2 Ltd. [188190]

Mr Goodwill: HS2 Ltd is conducting research into the skills picture across the UK work force and the demand which the construction of HS2 will bring. This work will inform the HS2 Ltd skills strategy which is currently under development.We expect it to be set out in more detail in the latter part of 2014.