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record. This now maintain an orderly atmosphere as the Secretary of State

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for transport makes his way to the dispatch box to deliver his

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statement. Secretary Chris Grayling. Well, Mr Speaker may start by saying

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how grateful I am for that statement. I am pleased to be front

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of the House tonight and as you know Mr Speaker sometimes these things

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can happen as a result of clock up rather than conspiracy. Today, Mr

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Speaker Martine major milestone in the German fans to deliver HST. It

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would have is the real capacity network that will need for the next

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century and faster journeys and kinetic collectivity between cities

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in the UK. As a next to the House to the UK will wording stage one for

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the phase one would from London to Birmingham. This was covers design

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and preconstruction activities but it is safe to say that initial work

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is safe to say that initial works are begun. We expect the contracts

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to be signed by the end of this month after the completion of the

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mandatory standstill period. Stages one and stage is the full

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construction phase is worth ?6.2 billion. They will create about

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16,000 during jobs around the country and expected to create 7000

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opportunities in the supply chain of which I expect about 60% to go to

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SMEs. Mr Speaker, as well as that announcement, I'm today introducing

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the faith to a high-speed rail Westminster to crew -- West Midlands

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to crew. This is only had that the Westminster putt the design of the

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root said that in the Bill was likely as announced in 2015 however

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there are three refinements following consultation latter. I

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have decided to move the connection to the West Coast mainline and the

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start of the tunnel in crew further south, and also decided to move the

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construction railhead from the Basra area near As many of that opinion

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say no. To -- As many of that opinion say no. Norristown.

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Attributed to the better side from which to maintain phase two A. This

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new silicon can book construction going north and south

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simultaneously. It will act good access to the M6 in the existing

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rail network at this location. Speaking of Crewe at moving family

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bathroom area where voice housing regeneration in that area and

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reduces the impact of only two a route. It was were saying that that

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area Basford is one of their most significant economic and housing

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development areas. These have also been carefully designed to minimise

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the local impact, particularly the community of John Field and having

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heard local In preparing this Bill, HS two has

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sought to minimise the impact on environment and communities. There

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will now be a consultation, which will provide the opportunity to

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comment on the environmental effects and the reasonable alternatives

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considered. This process will result in a report from an independent

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assessor, provided to all members of the House before the second reading.

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Turning now to crew. The... I know there is a strong ambition to

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achieve this. I am launching a consultation in options to develop a

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crew hub. This will extend to Stoke-on-Trent and bring benefits to

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places like Chester, North and South Wales, and Shrewsbury. It will be

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subject to affordability and value for money. A Crewe hub will require

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working together, but I believe there is the potential to develop

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more benefits. Finally, I announce my decision on the outstanding

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sections of the phase two route to Leeds, consulted on last year. After

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carefully considering the responses, I have considered this issue very

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carefully. I have decided to confirm the following changes to the route.

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Though Westlake rolling stock depot will move to a site north of Crewe.

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This will be included in the full environmental assessment. I have

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looked carefully at that assessment. A 26 kilometre section of the route

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in the middle will change and be raised as it passes through the

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Cheshire salt plains to avoid brining and gas storage

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infrastructure. The changes to Manchester Piccadilly station will

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reduce impact on residential areas and a primary school. The route near

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East Midlands Airport will follow the eastern side of the a 42, which

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avoids tunnelling under the airport and reduces the impact on some

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communities. In Long Eaton, the route will pass on a viaduct, the

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route in South Yorkshire will be the group we we consulted on and serves

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Sheffield City centre by a spur on the HS2 line. I am asking HS2 to

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take forward a provision giving a City centre to City centre

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connection, which is important for the future development of Northern

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Powerhouse rail as well. We will continue to work on the Parkway

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station. Finally, I have decided not to proceed with the proposed change

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of fruit in East mission. This route has moved approximately

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80 metres and the viaduct extended to mitigate commercial property

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impact. I have also heard the concerns raised by local communities

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about the proposed Eastern leg rolling stop depot. There is a

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better option on which I am now consulting, east of Leeds and the

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air Valley, adjacent to the M1 on a Brownfield site. I intend to bring

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forward a third hybrid, and in preparation of that Bill, HS2 is

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consulting on the methodology to be used. Today's decision, I know,

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bring certainty to communities that have been unsure for years. I am

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updating the construction and operation of the line. I can also

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confirm the same range of property schemes currently operating phase

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one and phase two A will be available for phase two B. This goes

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what is required by law and gives assistance to those along the route.

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I have made amendments to some of the detail of urban brutal

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boundaries for phase to be. Mr Speaker, a report published today

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by property specialists tell us the particular circumstance of the

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development in South Yorkshire, it means the package may not allow some

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homeowners to acquire a similar property in the area. In light of

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the findings, I can confirm the government will ensure homeowners

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can secure a comparable home as referred to in my summary document,

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to won from concept to reality, which is published today. That is

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really important, Mr Speaker. We need HS2, since privatisation, the

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number of passenger journeys on our rail network has doubled. We cannot

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continue to rely on the legacy of our round network. HS2 will free up

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space on existing railways, reducing overcrowding, allowing options for

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more varied and frequent services, including four places which

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currently do not have a good connection to London. This will

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allow more freight trains, and could double the number of peak-time seats

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on services, compared to today. It has the potential to double peak

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seats from London to Peterborough, and East Coast destinations further

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north. Significant investment needs to offer good value for money, as

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HS2 does, and I am publishing today be updated business case for phase

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two, showing that including wider economic benefits, the network will

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create ?2.30 benefit for every ?1 spent. We want to make the best of

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our investment in HS2. When phase one becomes operational, HS2 trains

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will run all over the UK. Phase two will reduce journey times between

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London, Glasgow and Edinburgh, and to my Scottish colleagues, we will

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continue to work with transport Scotland and Network Rail to look at

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the best ways to reduce times towards an ultimate ambition of

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three-hour journey times. We are also looking at opportunities to use

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HS2 to support Northern Powerhouse rail and Midlands connect. I know

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that for those living along the line of route, today's announcement will

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not be welcome news. There will be concerned over how HS two will work.

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I am determined that we will engage extensively with everyone affected

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and we will show fairness, compassion and respect. All the

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products mentioned today will be in the hybrid of both houses. Our plan

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for Britain is to build a stronger, fairer country with an economy that

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works for everyone, with wealth and opportunity spread across the

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country. And we set up to succeed in the long term. Investment is a key

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part of this. To one that will be the backbone of the new rail

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network, and will transfer ice into the 21st century. It will bring our

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country closer together and support our economic growth. The benefits of

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HS2 will be felt across the whole United Kingdom, and I commend this

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statement to the House. Andy MacDonald. Thank you, Mr Speaker. I

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thank you, Mr Speaker, for hearing the point of order earlier today

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made by my right honourable friend, the Member for Doncaster North. What

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can encourage the Secretary of State to better inform the House of the

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crucial decisions he has reached on one of the most significant, costly

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pieces of transport infrastructure that this country has proposed the

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many a year. Acts the Secretary of State will explain what happened

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earlier today, given the widespread trailing of an oral statement on the

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anticipated announcement, but subsequent disappointment of this

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House at being asked to settle initially for a written statement

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that is until such times as the outcry seemingly reached the

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Transport Secretary's years, and his somewhat elated appearance in the

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chamber here tonight. Mr Speaker, Labour has consistently supported

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HS2, and the attendant benefits it will bring. And indeed, was its

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initial proposer in 2009. But that support brings with it many

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questions. On the construction, there are concerns that companies

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selected to do this blacklisted workers. What assurances can

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Secretary of State give that no such practices will be tolerated in

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delivery of HS2? Far too often insignificant project in recent

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times, overseas contractors and there are several that have been

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awarded contract here, have brought in their own labour, and have

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exclusively recruited from jurisdictions outside the UK.

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Clearly, HS2 represents huge employment and career opportunities

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for apprentices and established workers alike, so can the Secretary

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of State guarantee that the practices we have seen, the

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construction industry that have excluded UK workers from projects,

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will not be allowed to obtain in the construction of HS2? There are

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concerns about the financial health of Karelian. Can he suggest these

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measures he has put in place to assure the financial stability of

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any contractors will not delay or add to the cost of the project. It

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wasn't his job to monitor conflict of interest in the delivery of HS2,

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but given the revelations of the revolving door, between HS2 and the

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engineering firm, does he access that he does in fact have such an

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obligation if the public are to have confidence in the contractual

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arrangements between HS2 and the contractors. And on the overall

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cost, what assurances and guarantees can he give that the total cost will

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not exceed the stated ?55.7 billion, and will not spiral as has been

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alleged in certain quarters. In one of the many documents published

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today, we were told that in adopting the route in South Yorkshire, whilst

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HS2 Limited has included in the costs of the estimate of a junction

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north of Sheffield and back onto the HS2 line, it hasn't costed

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electrification of the Midland mainline between Clay Cross and

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Sheffield Midland. Or from Sheffield to the north. So can the Secretary

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of State therefore advise the House whether it is intention that the

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line be electrified in readiness HS2, and if so, when, or whether he

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is working on the basis that trains to Sheffield will be bimodal and the

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line will remain an electrified. Can the Secretary of State supply

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particulars in respect of potential Parkway stations, and can Secretary

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of State also provide an update as to the progress of a northern East

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to West rail link up to the north-west, namely Crossrail for the

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North, and its connection with HS2, and what discussions he has had with

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transport for the North in that regard. Finally, will he reassure

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the House that the announcement on the progress on HS2 will not be

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followed by an announcement of further yet delays of

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electrification of the trans-Pennine route. I am grateful for the

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opposition's support for the HS2 project, and I hope we can work

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together on it. It unites the House, or a large proportion, in this is a

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necessary development. As I said a moment ago, I am pleased to be here

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now. We have clock up and not conspiracy. On the construction

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contracts, let me say first of all that we have contracted a range of

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significant British companies as part of the awarding of the contract

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today. We have a range of consortia participating. Many of the consortia

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are an integral part of Crossrail, our biggest engineering project

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here, and the biggest in Europe. We have a good team of UK

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organisations, international organisations, used to working in

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this country to deliver big infrastructure projects. The

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assurance I give to the honourable gentleman of the House, I have been

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clear all along that those companies that win contracts for HS2, whether

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it is the construction, we will have an obligation to make a commitment

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to leave a lasting skills project, apprenticeships, skills development

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and we have colleges in Birmingham and Doncaster that will help develop

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real expertise for the future. We would all hope it pulls through

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because I want to see British business succeed. Carrilion are

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committed to deliver their part of the contract, and I am confident,

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what ever the situation, the consortium will deliver the results

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we expect. We talked about conflict of interest. HS2M have pulled out of

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the contract and I want to assure we have proper behaviour by companies

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in the future or they will not be able to continue to work for us if

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they do not do the right thing. He asked about the total cost, there

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have been wild rumours in the last 24 hours about the cost of the

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project based on, frankly, a finger in the air by people not involved in

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the project. I Sibley remind the House that it is ridiculous to

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suggest HS2 costs five times the value of HS one.

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It is currently on-time and on budget, and I expect it to that way.

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We have been good with Crossrail and the Olympics, delivering on time,

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and I am sure we will carry on doing so. He asked about the elective

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vocation of the 18 route. I see the link is an important part.

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In terms of the whole northern powerhouse rail project, I am

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waiting for transport for the North to bring forward their proposals.

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And indeed, with modernisation, nothing has changed. Can I thank you

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and the Secretary of State to coming to make a statement on this

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important project, even at this late time of night. I am willing to

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discuss HS2 with the Secretary of State at any time of the night or

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day. The Secretary of State has put a great deal of confidence in the

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contractors he announced today, who he is an awarding set 6p of taxpayer

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money to. But by glancing at recent news reports, an Austrian firm is

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pulling out of a hydroelectric plant contract in Bosnia, and they sought

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to increase the contract price. Subtitles will resume

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on 'Monday In Parliament' at 2300.

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