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High Speed 2 Line

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 120016, tabled on 18 December 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which people are responsible for taking decisions on the HS2 (a) Community and Environment and (b) Business and Local Economy Funds; what meetings they have attended in connection with those responsibilities; and what the decisions were which were on the agenda of each of those meetings.

Answered on

21 December 2017

Decisions on either the Community and Environment Fund or the Business and Local Economy Fund follow the same process. Awards below £75,000 are assessed and determined by staff at the Grant Management Body appointed for this purpose (Groundwork UK). Above this threshold, awards are assessed by Groundwork UK and then considered by an independent Panel. The Independent Panel makes a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Transport, who takes the decision. In practice, this decision may be delegated to either another Minister or a Senior Civil Servant.

Groundwork had 13 internal panel meetings in 2017 and the Independent Panel (marked with * below) met 3 times. The projects for decision on the agenda at each meeting were as follows:

Meeting date

Applicant

20/02/2017*

N/A

11/03/2017

Dr Challoner’s Grammar School

11/03/2017

Guild Hall St Mary’s Lichfield

25/05/2017

Bishops Itchington Primary School

25/05/2017

Holmer Green Cricket Club

06/06/2017*

N/A

08/06/2017

West Euston Partnership

08/06/2017

Friends of the Earth (Birmingham) Ltd

08/06/2017

Wells House Road Residents Association

04/07/2017

Hampton in Arden Parish Council

10/08/2017

Richings Park Sports Club Ltd

10/08/2017

Helmdon Acorns Pre-School

10/08/2017

Buckinghamshire Business First

18/08/2017

FareShare

18/08/2017

Buckinghamshire Business First

18/08/2017

Colton Village Hall

31/08/2017

Castlehaven Community Association

31/08/2017

AY Recruitment

31/08/2017

Chiltern Conservation Board

31/08/2017

Camden Collective

07/09/2017

Solihull Community Housing Limited

13/09/2017

Steeple Claydon Methodist Church

13/09/2017

Chiltern Conservation Board

27/09/2017*

Forest Enterprise England

05/10/2017

Camden People's Theatre

05/10/2017

Bengali Workers Association

05/10/2017

Padbury Village Football Club

31/10/2017

Leamington & Warwick Sea Cadets

31/10/2017

Richings Park Sports Club Ltd

31/10/2017

Solihull MBC

31/10/2017

Wormleighton PCC

31/10/2017

Sulgrave Manor Trust

21/11/2017

Good Gym

21/11/2017

Coleshill Tennis Club

21/11/2017

Samuel Lithgow Youth Centre

21/11/2017

Thorpe Mandevile Village Hall Trust

A further Groundwork internal panel meeting took place on 12 December, but this is not included in the table as the applicants in question have not yet been notified of the decisions taken.