With Parliament due back next week – and the Cabinet meeting tomorrow at Chequers – we’ve looked at some of the Parliamentary written answers on HS2 costs.
These sums will be dwarfed by the amount that HS2 will cost to build – currently estimated as around £55 billion by the Department for Transport. What’s more, that figure has gone up by 66% since Philip Hammond (now Chancellor) was Secretary of State for Transport.
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham) 11 July 2016
Q: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total expenditure on the High Speed 2 project has been in each year since 2010.
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill on 14 July 2016
A: The table below sets out the spend on HS2 project in each year since 2009/10. Data for 2015/16 is provisional and is currently not included, pending publication of the HS2 Ltd Accounts shortly at GOV.UK, which will set out the precise level of expenditure for 2015/16.
It should be noted that this answer does not include costs to the DfT of work on HS2 – these were included in a written answer to a question from Lilian Greenwood in November 2015, who was at the time Shadow Secretary of State for Transport:
Extract from November 2015 table:
|Total DfT/HS2 Ltd||9.43||24.3||55.6||212.9||333.1||390.2||228.1|
Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham) 18 July 2016
Q: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) staff, (b) recruitment and (c) other costs of press liaison, publicity and marketing of High Speed 2 have been to date.
Andrew Jones, on: 26 July 2016
A:For the period of 2011/12 – 2015/16 HS2 Ltd has incurred the following costs associated with press liaison, publicity and marketing of HS2:
(a) staff – £0.9m. This is the total payroll cost for HS2 Ltd staff (i.e. permanent staff). This excludes contingent labour and secondees;
(b) recruitment – HS2 Ltd incurs, manages and controls its recruitment costs centrally and, as such, it is not possible to identify the costs incurred in specific business functions; and
(c) other costs of press liaison, publicity and marketing of High Speed 2 – £1.1m
Expenditure prior to 2011/12 was not broken down by expenditure type in this way.
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham) on 18 July 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which fees (a) have been paid and (b) are due to be paid to Tim Mould QC for work relating to High Speed 2.
Andrew Jones on 21 July 2016
A:The Department has appointed a team of solicitors, Parliamentary Agents and barristers to support the HS2 project. Tim Mould QC is primarily employed to support the HS2 hybrid Bill process which gives those affected by HS2 an opportunity to present their concerns in Parliament. Since 2013 the Department for Transport has paid £679,567.10 to Tim Mould QC to support the HS2 project on Bill related matters. This figure is correct to 19 July 2016 and is exclusive of VAT.
In addition, since approximately 2010, the Department has also instructed a number of barristers, including Tim Mould QC, on other HS2 related matters, primarily litigation. These barristers will have been remunerated at government hourly rates agreed with the Attorney General, but it would involve disproportionate cost for the Department to provide precise figures.
The use of barristers to support the HS2 project is demand led and so it is not possible to forecast the fees that may be paid to Tim Mould QC in the future.