Department for Transport

We work with our agencies and partners to support the transport network that helps the UK’s businesses and gets people and goods travelling around the country. We plan and invest in transport infrastructure to keep the UK on the move.

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Secretary of State

Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP
Secretary of State for Transport

Ministers of State
Andrew Stephenson MP - Minister of State (Department for Transport)
Chris Heaton-Harris MP - Minister of State (Department for Transport)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Robert Courts MP - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
Rachel Maclean MP - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
Baroness Vere of Norbiton - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

22 Sep 2020, 12:01 p.m.
Advanced cleaning measures will help to ensure trains and stations are regularly sanitised, giving passengers the confidence to travel. 🚆 Find out how @greaterangliapr and other operators are making journeys safer 👉 #YourRailway #TravelSafely - Link
22 Sep 2020, 10:06 a.m.
There are just 100 days left until the end of the UK's transition period. ↗️ Are you ready for the UK’s new start? Check the new rules from January 2021 and take action now 👉 - Link
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Department for Transport Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Date Type Title
Sep. 17 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Mar. 02 Urgent Questions Airport Expansion
Mar. 17 Westminster Hall Surrey: M25 Noise Pollution
Sep. 10 Adjournment Debate Manchester Piccadilly to Rose Hill Marple Trains
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Department for Transport - Bills and Acts in the Current Session

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill [HL] 2019-21 Committee: 2nd sitting (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 12 February, 2020 24 Jun 2020, 5:02 p.m.
A bill to make provision about airspace change proposals and about the licensing regime for air traffic services under Part 1 of the Transport Act 2000, to confer police powers relating to unmanned aircraft and requirements in Air Navigation Orders and to provide for fixed penalties for certain offences relating to unmanned aircraft

Department for Transport - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
18 Sep 2020
In Force
19 Sep 2020
Department for Transport Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (England) (Amendment) (No. 14) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (England) Regulations 2020 (S.I. 2020/568) (“the principal Regulations”) to—
16 Sep 2020
In Force
Not stated
Department for Transport Merchant Shipping (Consequential Amendments) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations make consequential provision in exercise of the power in section 41(1) of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 (c. 1) (“the 2020 Act”).
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Petitions addressed by Department for Transport

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
Petition Closed

Support the British aviation industry during the COVID-19 outbreak

Gov Responded - 7 May 2020 Debated on - 25 Jun 2020
20 Sep 2020
closed 2 days, 14 hours ago

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak there are travel bans imposed by many countries, there is a disastrous potential impact on our Aviation Industry. Without the Government’s help there could be an unprecedented crisis, with thousands of jobs under threat.

Petition Closed

Insurance should be on the car itself instead of the individuals who drive it

Gov Responded - 9 Jan 2018 Debated on - 5 Mar 2018
15 Jun 2018
closed 2 years, 3 months ago

In some countries, such as America and Portugal, insurance is based on vehicle itself instead of being based on the individual who drives it. This is an effective method for families and friends as they are able to share a car without paying for multiple insurances.

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Department for Transport Select Committee

Department for Transport Select Committee Home Page

Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.

At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries, and the Select Committee will occasionally publish formal reports of their findings.

Department for Transport Publications

Department for Transport Written Questions

Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.

Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.

Latest Written Question
Date Title Questioner
22 Sep 2020, 1:18 p.m. Road Traffic Lord Pendry


To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports that congestion is now higher than comparable 2019 levels, what plans they have to reduce congestion on roads.

Answer (Baroness Vere of Norbiton)

These are unprecedented times, bringing both challenges and opportunities. There is an opportunity to build on changes in behaviour seen during lockdown. The Prime Minister has been clear that as the country emerges from lockdown, people should walk or cycle where possible. Walking and cycling will reduce pressure on the public transport system and the road network.

To help with this, the Emergency Active Travel Fund (EATF) announced on 9 May included £225 million of funding in two tranches for local authorities. Alongside the funding, the Government published additional Network Management Duty guidance. This clearly set out what the Government expects local authorities to do in making changes to their road layouts to encourage cycling and walking in response to COVID-19 and to support a green restart and recovery.

Active travel clearly does not work for everyone, or for every journey, but the more people that cycle and walk, the more road space is freed up for those who really need to drive.

The Government is also investing in road and rail. On 14 May the Department laid out plans to transform the country’s transport infrastructure to help the country ‘build out’ of COVID-19 and support the nation’s economy through a £1.7bn Transport Infrastructure Investment Fund to improve roads, repair bridges and fill in millions of potholes.

We are also increasing our investment in the operation, maintenance and renewal of the Strategic Road Network (SRN) to secure safer and more reliable journeys. Our second Road Investment Strategy, published in March, requires Highways England to meet the ambition that average delay on the SRN will be no worse than then in 2025, and sets tough targets for keeping the SRN free from traffic restrictions owing to roadworks and the clearance of incidents within one hour.

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