There have been two sets of written answers published by Patrick McLoughlin on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. On Tuesday, answers show that some consultancy firms (others like Atkins were not included in the question) have netted almost £150m out of the HS2 project so far. On Wednesday, it was confirmed that the recent KPMG report cost a quarter of a million pounds. Given that a new business case is due in a few months, the purpose of a report based on last years business case which included the suspended Heathrow link is unclear, unless it was just produced for PR purposes.
Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will (a) publish his most recent remit letter of HS2 Ltd and (b)the Memorandum of Articles of Association of HS2 Ltd, indicating where amendments have been made to ensure compatibility with that remit letter. 
(b) The Memorandum and Articles of Association of High Speed 2 (HS2) Ltd are publicly available and filed at Companies House. These documents were reviewed in light of the new remit letter and it was considered that they did not need to be changed.
Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on the recruitment of non-executive directors with specialist expertise in finance and communication to the board of HS2 Ltd. 
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Mr McLoughlin: The Department is in the process of appointing an executive search consultant to manage the recruitment of the two non-executive directors for the HS2 Ltd Board. Once that is concluded, the Department will work with the consultants to get the posts publicly advertised, which we aim to do in the next few weeks.
Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been paid from the public purse to (a) Arup Group, (b)Balfour Beatty, (c) Kier Group, (d) Laing O’Rourke, (e) Mott MacDonald Group, (f) Skanska UK, (g) Dialogue by Design, (h)Capita Symonds Ineco JV, (i) Parsons Brinckerhoff, (j) URS Scott Wilson, (k) the ERM Temple Group Mott MacDonald Consortium, (l) Terra Quest, (m) Mouchell and (n) KPMG for contracts related to High Speed 2 since May 2010; and how much remains to be paid to each company under uncompleted contracts. 
|Spend May 2010 to date||Contracted further spend|
‘is an internal transfer within government rather than an additional cost’.
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intends to make taxable supplies, as explained in paragraph 3.12 of the May 2013 National Audit Office report.
Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department plans to issue a revised business case for High Speed 2 before the hybrid Bill for phase one of the scheme is deposited in Parliament. 
Mr McLoughlin: The Department is currently revising the business case to take account of the latest available evidence and understanding of the project. The Government plans to issue the latest case for the scheme to support the deposit of the hybrid Bill for phase one later this year.
Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the High Speed 2 community forums will meet after the date of deposit in Parliament of the hybrid Bill for phase one of High Speed 2. 
Mr McLoughlin: Once the hybrid Bill for phase one of High Speed 2 has been deposited in Parliament, the main focus of HS2 Ltd’s work will be on supporting the parliamentary process, including engaging with those who petition Parliament regarding the Bill. In parallel, HS2 Ltd is committed to keeping open lines of communication with communities along the route, and will be discussing with those communities the best means of doing so, both through the round of forums now underway and through other engagement channels.
Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether HS2 Ltd plans to hold local information events during the consultation on the environmental statement for phase one of the High Speed 2 scheme. 
Mr McLoughlin: The consultation on the environmental statement for HS2 phase one that will follow the deposit of the hybrid Bill, is required by parliamentary standing orders. The purpose of the consultation is to ensure that Parliament is informed of people’s view on the environmental impact of the scheme to allow Parliament to consider this as part of its deliberations on the forthcoming hybrid Bill. Standing orders do not require local information events and as such HS2 Ltd are not planning to hold any.
Mr McLoughlin: HS2 Ltd held its September 2013 board meeting in Liverpool and used the opportunity to meet with key stakeholders, avoiding costs that would otherwise have been incurred for separate meetings.
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Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost to the public purse was of holding the July board meeting of HS2 Ltd hosted by Sir Albert Bore and Birmingham city council. 
Mr McLoughlin: HS2 Ltd held its July 2013 board meeting in Birmingham and used the opportunity to meet with key stakeholders, avoiding costs that would otherwise have been incurred for separate meetings.
Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the panel of experts who peer reviewed the KPMG report into High Speed 2; and what (a) interests they declared and (b) remuneration they received for their work. 
Chris Nash—ITS Leeds
David Simmonds—David Simmonds Consultancy
Paul Buchanan—SKM Colin Buchanan
Roger Vickerman—University of Kent
Tony Venables—University of Oxford
(a) One of the members of the panel declared a pre-existing contract with a county council to implement and test an extension to a country wide economic model which assesses the effects of changes outside the local area on the local economy and hence on local land uses and transport systems.
Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which items were included in the original estimate of £1.2 billion for the full scale works at Euston for High Speed 2; and what changes to this figure contributed to the revised cost of £2 billion for this work. 
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Mr McLoughlin: The £1.2 billion estimate was a pre-feasibility concept estimate that included the assumed works to the station and civil engineering in the throat. The items contributing to the revised cost of £2 billion include additional civil works; additional station and passenger facilities; emergency and safety measures; enhanced Transport for London (London Underground) requirements; increased urban realm works; and allowance for railway systems.
Mr McLoughlin: The items included in the estimate of £1.6 billion for the current, modified High Speed 2 Scheme at Euston include the station works associated with High Speed 2, Network Rail and Transport for London works to the underground station. The estimate is also inclusive of the civil engineering works in the approach to the station.
Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish all communications between his Department and KPMG (a) before and (b) during KPMG’s assessment of the regional economic effects of High Speed 2. 
Mr McLoughlin: The Department did not communicate directly with KPMG during their assessment. The work was commissioned and managed by HS2 Ltd. The Department provided comments on a draft of the document for consideration by the review panel established by HS2 Ltd to provide critical feedback to KPMG.
Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the remit and all commissioning documents and instructions given to KPMG in advance of its production of its recent report into High Speed 2; what fee his Department has paid to KPMG for production of that report; and when that report was first commissioned. 
Mr McLoughlin: The recent KPMG report on HS2 was commissioned by HS2 Ltd, not the Department for Transport. In the interest of transparency we have placed the Tender document in the Libraries of the House. The report was commissioned by HS2 Ltd on 22 March 2013 and the contract was awarded on 24 April 2013. The final fee for the report, as invoiced by KPMG, was £242,125.90 including VAT.
Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether a decision has yet been taken on the distance applied to the property bond option currently being consulted on by his Department; and what consideration he has given to whether such a bond could be applied to affected properties more than 120 metres away from the High Speed 2 line used in the Deloitte report on the property bond design for High Speed 2 affected properties. 
Mr McLoughlin: The Government is currently consulting on proposals for property compensation schemes along the phase one line of route. It would be inappropriate for me to comment further at this stage.
Gloria De Piero: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to protect Grade I and Grade II listed buildings during the construction of High Speed 2. 
Mr McLoughlin: HS2 Ltd has sought to avoid direct impacts on all heritage assets during the route selection process. No grade I or II* listed buildings are currently directly physically affected by either phase of the proposed HS2 route.
Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the cost of chassis-compatible High Speed 2 trains is included in the current published estimate for the cost of High Speed 2 rolling stock.