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Guide to the Publication Scheme

Our Publication Scheme is designed to give everyone routine access to information relating to HS2 Ltd. and the project.

Our Publication Scheme sets out the types of information we publish, the way we publish it and if you will need to pay a charge to see it.

About the Publication Scheme

The Scheme is not just a list of individual documents and datasets. It is a description of the classes or types of information that we are committed to publishing.

Our policy is to publish as much as we can. We may not be able to publish some information or data that is protected by law. This includes sensitive information, such as legal advice, commercial or security matters.

Most of the information in our Publication Scheme is available from this website. If you need it in an alternative format, we will do all we reasonably can to help.

Contact the Helpdesk for more information.

What information is published

Who we are and what we do

Information about how we work as a business, how we relate to the Government and our legal governance. You can also see our office locations and find out how to contact us.

Some sections in this page include;

  • Location and contact details 
  • Roles & Responsibilities 

If you want to find out more we suggest you visit the information about who we are and what we do page.

What we spend and how we spend it

Financial information on the funding we receive and our expenditure. You can see the details of our contracts, as well as opportunities to work with our suppliers.

Some sections in this page include;

  • Annual accounts 
  • Financial statements, budget and variance reports 
  • Pay and grading structure 
  • Procurement and tender procedures and report 
  • Staff and Board allowance and expenses 

If you want to find out more we suggest you visit the what we spend and how we spend it page.

What our priorities are and how we are doing

Information about the HS2 project, what the plans are and how progress is being made.

Some sections in this page include;

  • Customer plans, surveys and reports
  • Corporate reports and plans
  • Phase One reports and plans 
  • Phase 2a reports and plans 
  • Phase 2b reports and plans

If you want to find out more we suggest you visit the what our priorities are and how we are doing page.

How we make decisions

There are several committees and forums which discuss proposals and make decisions to help keep the HS2 project on track. You can see the terms of reference and meeting minutes from these groups.

Some sections in this page include;

  • Local meetings 
  • Phase One meetings 
  • Phase 2a meetings
  • Phase 2b meetings 

If you want to find out more we suggest you visit the how we make decisions page.

Our policies and procedures

We have rules and guidelines for the way we work and how we deliver our responsibilities.

Some sections in this page include;

  • Conduct of business 
  • Customer service 
  • Equality and diversity 
  • Equality impact assessments
  • Equality scheme
  • HS2 services 
  • Records management and personal data 
  • Recruiting and employing staff 

If you want to find out more we suggest you visit our policies and procedures page.

Lists and registers

You can see the information we hold in registers and on lists that relate to the functions of HS2 Ltd.

Some sections in this page include;

  • Disclosure log
  • Main contracts/suppliers 
  • Property and land 
  • Register of interests 
  • Register of undertakings and assurances 

If you want to find out more we suggest you visit the lists and registers page.

The services we offer

We are committed to keeping our neighbours up to date on our progress and what work is taking place where they are. You can find advice, booklets and news releases from HS2 Ltd.

Some sections in this page include;

  • Corporate communications 
  • Information asset register
  • In your area
  • Services 

If you want to find out more we suggest you visit the services we offer page.

Open Data

Our work means that we collect data on the areas affected by the HS2 project. You can re-use this information under the Open Government Licence for Public Sector Information.

Some sections in this page include;

  • Environment 
  • Land and property 

If you want to find out more we suggest you visit the open data page.

Charges for information

HS2 Ltd. publishes most of its information online where it is available for you to view free of charge.

If you are having difficulty reading the information on our website, we can offer it in a different format such as accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille.

The HS2 Phase 2a Bill and related information can be purchased.

Details of charges and how to order are available here.

Details of charges and how to order the HS2 Phase One Bill documents on can be found here.

For help finding the information you need please contact the HS2 Helpdesk.

Leaflets and booklets

Some leaflets or booklets are available. Please send your requests to the HS2 Helpdesk with the following information:

  • your name
  • your email address
  • the postal address you want them to be sent to
  • a description of the information required for example, the title of the publication, its product code or ISBN
  • how many numbers of copies you need. We may restrict the number we send but will let you know if there is a problem with your order.

HS2 is a large and complex project. If you can say what your interest in our work is, this will help us to provide you with the information you need.

Please check our privacy notice for personal information provided to the Helpdesk.

Where you can find other relevant information

Acts of Parliament

The Acts (as well as explanatory notes) and Bills, are available online free of charge or they can be purchased from The Stationary Office (TSO):

Parliamentary Questions

Members of Parliament ask questions of HS2 Ltd on behalf of their constituents and the public. The answers provided by us are available from the Hansard website:

Background information which supports the answers to Parliamentary Questions (known as Papers) are held by the House libraries. Where available in electronic format, you can find these on the House websites:

Statutory Instruments

Secondary legislation has been made by the Government to assist the progress of the HS2 project. These are available free of charge, online on the UK Legislation website:

Information not on the Publication Scheme

Cannot find the information you want through the Scheme or on our website? You can make a request to us under the Freedom of Information Act or the Environmental Information Regulations. Details of how to contact us are here.

Feedback about the Scheme

If you would like to provide feedback – good or bad – about our Publication Scheme, please contact us.

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