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Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Annual Reports (17 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Holding answer received on 16 July 2018 The Department is continuing to work with the NAO to finalise its external financial audit activity and plans to publish its Annual Report and Accounts for 2017-18 in due course.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (17 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The independent panel makes a recommendation to a member of the Senior Civil Service acting on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport on whether to accept or reject an application made under the Need To Sell (NTS) scheme. The panel is provided with guidance on the scheme and its criteria in order to ensure fair and consistent consideration of the documentary evidence supplied for...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Ellesmere Port and Neston (17 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Bus Services Act 2017 provides the tools local authorities need to improve local bus services. We are working with interested local authorities to determine which of the powers provided are best able to support bus networks in their areas. In particular, new Enhanced Partnership and Advanced Quality Partnership powers provide the framework for authorities to work side by side with...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (16 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: There have been ten applications to the HS2 Business and Local Economy Fund to date. Of these, five are in the smaller category (£10,000-£75,000) and five are in the larger category (£75,001 and above). The larger category has a two stage process: Expression of Interest stage and Stage 2. Of the five smaller applications, two have been approved (totalling £148,785),...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (16 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport has no record of having received representations from (a) not-for-profit or (b) other organisations eligible to apply for the HS2 Business and Local Economy Fund on the eligibility criteria for that fund.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (16 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The eligibility criteria for the Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF) were established prior to the Fund’s launch in January 2017, following collaboration between officials at my Department, HS2 Ltd, Groundwork UK and the Independent Panel. The criteria are based on best practice in the grant making sector and are designed to ensure the right balance has been set between safeguarding...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (16 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The objective of the Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF) is to add benefit over and above committed mitigation and statutory compensation to support local economies that are demonstrably disrupted by the construction of HS2. Organisations and groups are eligible to apply for funding if they are formally established for public benefit, are not-for-profit and can show that they meet the...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (16 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Information is only held in respect of Need to Sell (NTS) applications for each individual phase of HS2 without distinction as to whether a property is located in an urban or rural area. Information could not be provided without incurring disproportionate cost. We also consider that disclosing low numbers of applications would identify individuals whose property was purchased under the NTS...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (16 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Guidance issued to the independent panel which assess applications made under the HS2 Need to Sell scheme has been published and is available at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/ system/uploads/attachment_data/file/568959/Need_to_sell_sche me_-_panel_guidancev.pdf

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (16 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Guidance was republished on the Need To Sell (NTS) scheme in August 2017 in light of recommendations made by the House of Lords Select Committee. The guidance provides more detailed information on the types of compelling reasons applicants may have to sell their property, and examples of the documentary evidence that should be provided to support each element of their application. The...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (16 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The financial circumstances of an applicant to the HS2 Need to Sell (NTS) scheme, or an immediate family member, would be examined only if relevant to an application. The NTS scheme panel require a summary of an applicant’s compelling reason, or reasons, to sell with each element of their case being supported by documentary evidence.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (16 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: As confirmed in its response to the Phase 2b property scheme consultation, published in July 2017, the Government has concluded that publishing individual decisions would lead to an unacceptable risk of individual applicants being identifiable, even following redaction. We are committed to keeping this area under review. We have made available more detailed guidance and statistics on...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Cost Effectiveness (16 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The last business case for HS2 was published in 2017 and can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hs2-phase-two-eco nomic-case It showed that the full network has a benefit to cost ratio of 2.3. This means that for every £1 invested, HS2 will generate more than £2 in economic benefits, constituting high value for money. The A417 “Missing Link” route...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Serco (12 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Since January 2011, details of central government contracts above the value of £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder. Contracts published prior to 26 February 2015 can be viewed at: https://data.gov.uk/data/contracts-finder-archive Those published after 26 February 2015 can be viewed at: https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Search

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Rolling Stock (12 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The procurement of the new HS2 fleet is being undertaken in accordance with the Utilities Contract Regulations 2016 which require all tenderers to be treated equally on a non-discriminatory basis. This means that HS2 cannot mandate that the design and manufacture of the new fleet should be undertaken in the UK and neither can it reward, in its procurement scoring mechanism, UK wide or...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Travel: Carers (12 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: We are working with the sector to encourage operators to continue to improve their concessionary travel offers. Local authorities have the power to offer additional local concessions and are best placed to make decisions that more closely match their needs and circumstances.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Euston Station (12 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd are currently undertaking design and construction planning to identify and confirm volumes of excavated material that will be removed at Euston station. Current estimates are for some 1.1 million m3 to be removed from the Euston HS2 station (Stage A) and Euston approach. HS2 Ltd continue to develop the design to reduce the amount of excavated material that needs to leave the site.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (12 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd are currently undertaking design and construction planning to identify and confirm volumes of excavated material that will be removed by rail and road from Euston station. Details are expected at the end of 2018.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Staff (12 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: We are unable to provide the requested information because we do not record the method of transport Civil Servants use to commute to work within the Department for Transport and its respective Agencies.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Ashfield (11 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department does not hold any data on the frequency or price of bus services serving Ashfield constituency. The bus market outside of London is deregulated. Bus operators have to register services and notify changes or cessations of service to local authorities and the traffic commissioners around 70 days before changes take effect. Government (either central or local) only has powers...


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