DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT
5/28 GREAT MINSTER HOUSE
33 HORSEFERRY ROAD
Web Site: www.dft.gov.uk
Our Ref: F0016581
30 October 2018
Dear Mr Amis, Freedom of Information Act Request F0016581 - David Higgins Self-Reports on
I refer to your request dated the 8th October 2018 made under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 for information about Sir David Higgins’ annual reports on his own performance.
Having carried out a search of our paper and electronic records, we have established that
the Department does not hold any historic self-assessments by Sir David Higgins, who
stood down as Chair of HS2 Ltd in July 2018.
I can confirm that whilst the performance of the HS2 Ltd Chair has always been directly
accountable to the Secretary of State for Transport, the formal requirement to provide a
self-assessment to the Department was introduced as part of the revised Framework
Document in May 2018.
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