Lord Truscott: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the past two years, how many opinion polls have been carried out by HS2 Limited, and when; what range of issues each poll covered; what was the cost of each poll; and how many people were polled in each case.
Lord Truscott: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Department for Transport and HS2 Ltd plan to spend on HS2 in 2013–14 and 2014–15.
Lord Truscott: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their most recent estimate of the cost of reopening the disused former Eurostar platforms at Waterloo station; and what capacity benefits would result from any such reopening.
Lord Truscott: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the recent Russian-led Syrian peace initiative provides a model for defusing other international crises, for example relating to Iran.
Lord Truscott: I thank the Minister for that reply and I declare an interest as Vladimir Putin’s biographer. Many people would argue that the Russian-led Syrian peace plan is the most significant peace initiative this year. To recognise this and to encourage Russia in its peace-making endeavours, a few hours ago I nominated President Putin for the Nobel Peace Prize. Will Her Majesty’s Government do the same?
Lord Truscott: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the cost/benefit ratio, and environmental and social impact, of the HS2 scheme.
Lord Truscott: My Lords, I thank the Government Whips’ Office for its assistance in tabling this short debate. I also thank noble Lords and the Minister in advance for their participation. Your Lordships’ House last debated the high-speed rail scheme, HS2, last July and I will not repeat all the excellent points made then by the noble Viscount, Lord Astor, and other noble Lords. I have been following...
Lord Truscott: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have commissioned any studies to assess what line speed improvements on major railway lines in the United Kingdom could be achieved were the European Rail Traffic Management System to be implemented across such lines.
Lord Truscott: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the anticipated timetable for the implementation of the European Rail Traffic Management System in the United Kingdom; and what progress has been made so far.
Lord Truscott: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to comply with European Union Directive 96/48/EC on the noise limits for trans-European high-speed rail systems.
Lord Truscott: To ask Her Majesty's Government what research they have undertaken on the impact on HS2's forecast passenger numbers should Heathrow be downgraded as a result of the findings of the Independent Airports Commission, and another airport take its place as the United Kingdom's hub airport.
Lord Truscott: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have requested that the European Rail Agency review the compatibility of the proposed high speeds of HS2 with the technical specifications for interoperability under European Union Directive 96/48/EC on the interoperability of trans-European high-speed rail systems.
Lord Truscott: To ask Her Majesty's Government what analysis they have carried out on the compatibility of their choice for the route of HS2 with the principles in the 2008 Costs Handbook published by the European Commission on ensuring the adequate measurement of the environmental and other external impacts of transport infrastructure projects.
Lord Truscott: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have undertaken any assessment of the likely cost of extending HS2 to Scotland.
Lord Truscott: My Lords, the National Health Service in its current form is unsustainable, unsatisfactory and urgently in need of reform. We are paying more for our health services, yet becoming unhealthier as a nation. Britain's political parties are aware of the health challenges, but none is prepared to tackle the NHS's long-term lack of sustainability head-on for fear of being crucified by the...
Lord Truscott: My Lords, I also congratulate the Minister on her well deserved appointment. As Energy Minister in the former Department of Trade and Industry I had the privilege of working opposite the noble Baroness, Lady Wilcox, whose intelligence and tenacity I always admired. Today I should like to address the issue of energy security, which was mentioned in the gracious Speech, and I look forward to...
Lord Truscott: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Department for Energy and Climate Change has made any assessment of the building of new gas-fired power stations.
Lord Truscott: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the anticipated lead time for building new gas-fired power stations.