Lord Hollick, chair of the Lords Economic Affairs Committee (EAC), has written to Patrick McLoughlin with a series of new – and old – questions on HS2, arising from the recent Government response to the EAC.
In the Lords, there’s going to be a debate on HS2, organised by Lord Hollick and Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 16th September.
The letter follows on from the EAC’s report into Economics of HS2, published in March. Their astute questing of witnesses, including David Higgins, led them to ask 16 questions on HS2 for the Government. See here for more on the report.
The Department for Transport responded earlier this month in a report which had the typical wooly logic of the Department for Transport’s publications on HS2. Not only did if fail to attempt answer the the majority of the Lord’s questions, but also completely ignored the so-called ‘pause’ in the electrification projects for the TransPennine and Midland Mainline which had been announced a week earlier.
Lord Hollick has a number of questions about the specifics of the Government’s response including discrepancies arising from the data which they used, as well as questions about the pause in the electrification projects means. And he also asked that the questions completely ignored in the original response be answered.