HS2 in Hansard 20/03/2014

High Speed 2

14. Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that High
Speed 2 represents value for money. [903177]
MrGoodwill: TheGovernment is determined to maximise
the transport and wider benefits HS2 delivers for the
UK economy. The project already offers high value for
money and we have also established the HS2 Growth
Task Force to advise is on how to further exploit those
benefits. The task force will report on the 21 March.

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Andrea Leadsom: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport when he expects to respond to the High
Speed 2 Environmental Statement consultation. [192284]
Mr Goodwill: The purpose of the consultation on the
Environmental Statement is to informMPs of the public’s
views on it, ahead of them voting on whether the High
Speed Rail (London—West Midlands) Bill should be
read a second time. The independent assessor, appointed
by Parliament, will prepare a report summarising the
issues raised in the responses to the Environmental
Statement consultation, by 7 April. There is therefore
no intention to provide a formal Government response.
A response to last year’s consultation on the draft
Environmental Statement was published when the Bill
was introduced.