High Speed 2 Railway Line

Transport written question – answered on 23rd June 2014.

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Photo of Frank Dobson Frank Dobson Labour, Holborn and St Pancras

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he expects Chinese workers to be employed in the construction of High Speed 2.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Contracts let for the construction of HS2 infrastructure and rolling stock will be open to competition irrespective of country of origin, in accordance with EU and UK procurement legislation.

Prospective bidders are welcome to work alongside British-based bidders.

It will be for bidders to propose how they can best deliver their proposals and the contribution of British companies and supply chain will be of interest.

HS2 Ltd is undertaking a range of initiatives to ensure businesses are aware of the opportunities and their forthcoming requirements so that they can prepare, so as to compete effectively.

Any non-EU overseas workers would of course be subject to the UK's immigration regime and would be required to comply with whatever regulations were in force at the time.

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