High Speed 2 Railway Line

Department for Transport written question – answered on 7th December 2018.

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Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Labour, Hampstead and Kilburn

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much money his Department has spent on each (a) consultant and (b) consultancy firm to support the HS2 project in each year since 2010-11.

Photo of Nusrat Ghani Nusrat Ghani Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport), Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)

The table below provides information on the total expenditure incurred by the High Speed Rail Group on consultancy in support of the HS2 project.

Financial Year

Expenditure

2011-12

£2,310

2012-13

£4,803,540

2013-14

£5,352,792

2014-15

£10,563,780

2015-16

£12,045,048

2016-17

£10,366,823

2017-18

£9,999,662

The amount spent on consultancy reflects the need to utilise the best specialist expertise to deliver the Government’s biggest investment in transport infrastructure in generations. All consultancy contracts are competitively tendered to ensure value for money and every effort is made to transfer skills to permanent staff and ensure reduced reliance on external contractors.

I am unable to publish a breakdown to your request as this information is commercially sensitive. The Department for Transport has a duty to manage procurements to deliver the best value for the tax payer, and publishing the breakdown requested would be likely to negatively prejudice the effective and efficient outcome of these procurement competitions.

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