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(Chesham and Amersham)
Asked on: 16 July 2019
Department for Transport
Railways: Surveys
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July 2019 to Question 275643 on Railways: Surveys, if he publish the titles of the working documents his Department has developed that are based on information from National Rail Travel Survey December 2010.
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Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 23 July 2019

The National Rail Travel Survey (NRTS) data were collected between 2000 and 2004/05. An overview report, most recently updated in 2010, is available on the Department’s website at this address:https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/73094/national-rail-travel-survey-overview-report.pdf.

This report is the only document which the Department has developed based on information from the NRTS.

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(Chesham and Amersham)
[N]
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'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 16 July 2019
Department for Transport
Railways: Surveys
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July 2019 to Question 275643 on Railways: Surveys, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of updating the National Rail travel survey.
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Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 22 July 2019

The Department is currently considering updating the National Rail Travel Survey. Prior to making a final decision on proceeding we are about to embark on a formal supplier market engagement process through a DfT framework. Making our budget estimate public at this time could prejudice the Department’s ability to achieve value for money, so we are not able to share the estimate at present.

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(Chesham and Amersham)
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 17 July 2019
Department for Transport
Railways: Surveys
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July 2019 to Question 275643 on Railways: Surveys, what the (a) start and (b) end time was the gathering of information to prepare the National Rail Travel Survey December 2010.
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Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 22 July 2019

The National Rail Travel Survey (NRTS) dataset is comprised of two principal components. The London Area Transport Survey (LATS) was conducted in 2000 and 2001 and covered London and South-East regions. A second wave covering the rest of Great Britain was undertaken during 2004 and 2005. Through both of these components, every national rail station in Great Britain was included in the survey.

Full details of the National Rail Travel Survey methodology can be found in the overview report available on the Department’s website at this address:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/73094/national-rail-travel-survey-overview-report.pdf

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(Chesham and Amersham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 10 July 2019
Department for Transport
Railways: Surveys
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department will update the National Rail Travel Overview Survey Report.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 15 July 2019

The Department is currently considering updating the National Rail Travel Survey, and will reach a decision in due course.

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(Chesham and Amersham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 20 May 2019
Department for Transport
High Speed Two: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, (a) how many and (b) in which locations are office premises to accommodate HS2 staff (i) owned, (ii) leased and (iii) rented; and what the (A) length of tenure, (B) annual cost or purchase price, (C) number of people working in and (D) who lessor or vendor is for each of those office premises in the latest period for which figures are available.
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Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 23 May 2019

HS2 Ltd relocated its headquarters from London to the Midlands 3 years ago, and has now established a new base in Manchester city centre, emphasising the benefit of having a presence in areas along the route. Details of these office premises are detailed below.

Location

Tenure

Length of Tenure

No of Desks*

Lessor

Annual net total costs to meet all obligations under the lease/licence

£6,338,387

London (Euston)

Lease

10 years

948

Secretary of State for Transport

London (Westminster)

Civil Estate Occupancy Agreement

5 years

113

Department for Education

Birmingham (2 Snowhill)

Lease

15 years

1,060

2 Snowhill Birmingham SARL

Birmingham (1 Victoria Square)

Serviced Offices (Licence)

2 years

76

Regus

Manchester (Barlow House)

Lease

3 years

8

Secretary of State for Health

*HS2 Ltd operate a flexible working system and staff can work at any location, depending on business need(s). HS2 Ltd also co-locate with contractors. Therefore the number of desks does not directly relate to the number of HS2 Ltd staff working at each location.

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(Chesham and Amersham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 20 May 2019
Department for Transport
High Speed 2 Railway Line
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the numbers of properties acquired by HS2 to enable the construction; and how many of those properties (a) are empty and (b) have been let and how much rental income of those properties was; and how many of those properties have required repairs or renovations and what the cost of those repairs or renovations was.
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Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 23 May 2019

We have acquired 529 properties within the current safeguarded area across the more than 300-mile-long HS2 route. Of those properties 262 are currently let and provided £3,066,662 of rental income in financial year 2018/19. The annualised rent roll for the total residential property portfolio - including the property in safeguarding - is currently £10,953,843.

All the properties acquired are likely to require a level of compliance, repair or refurbishment works prior to letting. As a competent landlord, we have a responsibility to ensure the properties we let are safe and are compliant. The residential properties we acquire have all been occupied by the previous owner and as such all have a degree of compliant work required, such as fire safety, to ensure they can be let without risk of harm to our tenants.

The cost of the works relating to the total residential property portfolio was £18,541,003 in financial year 2018/19.

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(Chesham and Amersham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 20 May 2019
Department for Transport
High Speed 2 Railway Line
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the latest estimate is at today's prices of the value of the properties that HS2 Ltd have purchased to facilitate the construction of High Speed Two.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 23 May 2019

Since the HS2 property compensation schemes were introduced, the Government has spent approximately £2.3 billion up to March 2019 (nominal prices) on land and property across the three phases. This has been used to acquire and provide compensation for properties across the more than 300 mile route which is expected to generate £92.2bn (2015 prices) of transport and wider economic benefits.

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(Chesham and Amersham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 13 May 2019
Department for Transport
High Speed 2 Railway Line
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which ecologists HS2 Ltd has employed to monitor tree and hedge netting along the route of High Speed Two; on what dates and at which locations nets were put in place; on what days and during which hours netted sites have been patrolled and checked by ecologists; and what wildlife has been caught in the nets and subsequently (a) perished or (b) been released.
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Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 16 May 2019

HS2 Ltd has not directly employed ecologists to install, monitor or remove bird netting; HS2 Ltd contractors, Fusion JV, have employed the services of a sub-contractor for this work.

There have been deployments of bird netting in two areas on Phase One of HS2. In both areas no birds or other wildlife were trapped, injured or killed by the use of netting.

Netting was used by Western Power Distribution (WPD) near Silverstone in relation to utility works. The netting was installed on 4th and 5th February 2019 and was removed on 2nd April. WPD employed a suitably experienced ecologist for guidance to erect the netting and to carry out inspections of the netting. Inspections of the netted area were carried out on 12th, 14th, 20th, 22nd and 27th Feb and 1st, 5th, 7th, 14th, 15th, 18th, 20th, 21st, 26th and 29th March 2019. The inspections were carried out at differing times of the day and typically lasted 2 hours.

Secondly, netting was used by Fusion and National Grid near Quainton in relation to utility works. Hedge netting was installed on 6th March; the worksite was handed over from Fusion to National Grid on 4th April and National Grid confirmed they removed the netting on 15th April. Fusion employed a suitably experienced ecologist for guidance to erect and inspect the netting and National Grid employed a suitably experienced ecologist for monitoring and removal of the netting. Inspections of the netting were undertaken on the 7th, 15th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, March and the 2nd and 4th April, and then every couple of days until the netting was removed on 15th April.

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(Chesham and Amersham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 09 May 2019
Department for Transport
High Speed Two: Meetings
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, why the board minutes of HS2 Ltd have not been made available since December 2018; and if he will publish those minutes immediately.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 14 May 2019
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(Chesham and Amersham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 09 May 2019
Department for Transport
High Speed 2 Railway Line
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 7 May 2019 to Question 249174, how many non disclosure agreements have been signed with HS2 Ltd.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 14 May 2019

Pursuant to Question 249174, the Department for Transport does not hold non-disclosure agreements with any individuals working on High Speed 2.

However, Confidentiality Agreements are used to protect both HS2 Ltd’s information and the information of the other signatory party and are in accordance with typical business practice. Confidentiality Agreements help to avoid placing homes and businesses in unnecessary blight and protect commercially sensitive information and the personal information of those potentially affected by any proposed changes. According to HS2 Ltd’s Confidentiality Register, there are 320 Confidentiality Agreements.

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(Chesham and Amersham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 30 April 2019
Department for Transport
High Speed 2 Railway Line
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people working on High Speed Two have signed a non disclosure agreement with his Department.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 07 May 2019

The Department for Transport does not hold non-disclosure agreements with any individuals working on High Speed 2.

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(Chesham and Amersham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 23 April 2019
Department for Transport
High Speed 2 Railway Line
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which Minister in his Department authorised the establishment of a national police group to guard High Speed Two.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 29 April 2019

There is no National Police Group established to guard HS2 and there is no special police force planned for policing the construction of HS2.

Grouped Questions: 246423 | 246424
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(Chesham and Amersham)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 23 April 2019
Department for Transport
High Speed 2 Railway Line
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the additional police required to guard High Speed Two under the enhanced police service agreement in which HS2 Ltd pay for that service.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 29 April 2019

There is no National Police Group established to guard HS2 and there is no special police force planned for policing the construction of HS2.

Grouped Questions: 246422 | 246424
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(Chesham and Amersham)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 23 April 2019
Department for Transport
High Speed 2 Railway Line
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding his Department will provide for the special police force planned for policing the construction of High Speed Two.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 29 April 2019

There is no National Police Group established to guard HS2 and there is no special police force planned for policing the construction of HS2.

Grouped Questions: 246422 | 246423
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(Chesham and Amersham)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 23 April 2019
Department for Transport
High Speed 2 Railway Line
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will provide an update at today's costs of the total cost for the construction of High Speed Two.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 29 April 2019

HS2 Ltd is currently working with their contracted suppliers to update and agree the latest cost and schedule positions for Phase One. Once completed we will make these details public as part of the Phase One Full Business Case, which is due for publication later in 2019.

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(Chesham and Amersham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 23 April 2019
Department for Transport
High Speed Two: Pay
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the directors of HS2 Ltd and their annual salary or equivalent.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 29 April 2019
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(Chesham and Amersham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 24 April 2019
Home Office
Police: Construction
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which construction organisations and projects pay for their own policing; how many police personnel are involved in such protection; and what the cost is of that protection.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 29 April 2019

This information is not collected centrally.

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(Chesham and Amersham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 24 April 2019
Department for Transport
High Speed 2 Railway Line: Buckinghamshire
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will halt all High Speed Two works in Buckinghamshire until the full designs have been completed and the costs of the project have been updated at today's prices.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 29 April 2019

HS2 is one of the most important infrastructure projects in the UK, supported by the House of Commons and by regional leaders across the country. It will regenerate and rebalance local economies and provide unmatched opportunities for passenger and freight travel. I have no intention of halting work on HS2 in Buckinghamshire or elsewhere.

There are already well over 7,000 people and 2,000 businesses working to deliver the HS2 project and early works are well underway.

Once HS2 Ltd has reached agreement with its suppliers and the Government is satisfied about both affordability and value for money, we will make a Full Business Case for Phase One. This will inform Notice to Proceed which is the formal contractual process which enables each Phase One supplier to move from design and development to construction.

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(Chesham and Amersham)
[N]
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'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 29 March 2019
Department for Transport
High Speed 2 Railway Line
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department last revised the modal shift data for High Speed Two; and if he will publish those findings.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 03 April 2019

HS2 Ltd regularly review assumptions for the purpose of economic modelling.

The proportion of passengers predicted to switch from car and air to HS2, was last published by HS2 Ltd in 2013. This information is provided from page 82 of the document linked here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/365065/S_A_1_Economic_case_0.pdf

The analysis will be updated to support future revisions to the Economic Case as part of planned updates to the HS2 Business Case. The proportion of HS2 demand predicted to have switched from air and car has not materially changed since the 2013 publication.

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(Chesham and Amersham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 11 March 2019
Department for Transport
High Speed Two
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average length of time is for HS2 Ltd to answer complaints.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 14 March 2019

HS2 Ltd publishes a community engagement progress report on a six monthly basis, which includes data on complaints received by HS2 Ltd.

The first public progress report covering the period January to June 2018 was published in Autumn 2018, and can be found at: https://www.hs2.org.uk/documents/community-engagement-progress-report-january-to-june-2018/

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