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Department for Transport written question – answered on 27th July 2017.

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Photo of Lord Framlingham Lord Framlingham Conservative

Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of estimates that over 60,000 bodies will need to be exhumed from St James Gardens, Camden, to facilitate the building of HS2.

Photo of Lord Callanan Lord Callanan Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

All human remains affected by Phase One of HS2 will be afforded due dignity, care and respect.

The St James’s Gardens burial ground was assessed as part of the environmental impact assessment for the project. Information was presented in the Environmental Statement that was submitted to Parliament in support the passage of the Bill through the House of Commons and House of Lords Select committees respectively.

Since then, further research has been undertaken into the history and development of the St. James’s burial ground to inform the development of design. Archival material relating to the burial ground includes burial records, plans of the layout of the ground, land transfer agreements, newspapers and letters.

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