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Railways: Construction

Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 23 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport which sites within a 50 mile radius of Amersham have been identified as possible residential sites for workers on High Speed Two. (323711)

Issues relating to the construction of High Speed Two, were the Government to decide to take it forward following full public consultation in the autumn, would be considered during the more detailed design stages. The Government would expect to seek powers by a Hybrid Bill, so construction and other proposals which required statutory powers would be open to full parliamentary scrutiny.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) if he will publish the hydrogeological risk assessment commissioned by his Department on the effect on the (a) ground water and (b) aquifer in the Chilterns of the construction of High Speed Two; (323750)

(2) what steps his Department is taking to ensure the protection of boreholes and springs in the Chilterns region against contaminants as a result of the construction of High Speed Two;

(3) if he will estimate the likely cost of mitigation of any damage to aquifers in the Chilterns resulting from the construction of High Speed Two.