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

Grant Shapps
Secretary of State for Transport

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

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

9 Apr 2021, 10:27 a.m.
Do you or your child need help improving your cycling skills? We have you covered! 🚴 We’re working with @BikeabilityUK to offer children and families cycle training to provide them with the skills they need to cycle safely 👉 #GetPedalling #TravelSafely - Link
9 Apr 2021, 9:04 a.m.
The Global Travel Taskforce report has set out the approach to safely restart international travel. This will ensure businesses and the economy continue to grow as well as helping reconnect families across the globe.✈️ More on the report 👇 #TravelSafely - 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
Mar. 11 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Mar. 02 Urgent Questions Airport Expansion
Mar. 25 Written Statements Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy 2
Mar. 24 Westminster Hall Bakerloo Line Extension
Apr. 14 Adjournment Debate Hammersmith Bridge
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Department for Transport - Bills and Acts in the Current Session

Introduced: 17th July 2017

A Bill to make provision for a railway between a junction with Phase One of High Speed 2, near Fradley Wood in Staffordshire, and a junction with the West Coast Main Line near Crewe in Cheshire; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 11th February 2021 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 9th January 2020

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

Last Event - 3rd Reading (Commons)
Monday 22nd March 2021
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Next Event - Consideration Of Commons Amendments (Lords)
Tuesday 20th April 2021

Department for Transport - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
13 Apr 2021
In Force
4 May 2021
Department for Transport Removal and Disposal of Vehicles (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations further amend the Removal and Disposal of Vehicles Regulations 1986 (S.I. 1986/183) by an amendment to regulation 5C.
12 Apr 2021
In Force
10 May 2021
Department for Transport Scarborough Borough Council (Removal of Pilotage Functions) Order 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
This Order provides that Scarborough Borough Council is not a competent harbour authority for the purposes of the Pilotage Act 1987 and accordingly no longer has pilotage functions in respect of Scarborough Harbour, Whitby Harbour and Filey Coble Landing.
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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 6 months, 4 weeks 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, 10 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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Departmental Select Committee

Transport Committee

Commons 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.

Select Committee findings are reported to the Commons, printed, and published on the Parliament website. The government then usually has 60 days to reply to the committee's recommendations.

11 Members of the Transport Committee
Huw Merriman Portrait
Huw Merriman (Conservative - Bexhill and Battle)
Transport Committee Member since 29 Jan 2020
Ruth Cadbury Portrait
Ruth Cadbury (Labour - Brentford and Isleworth)
Transport Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Lilian Greenwood Portrait
Lilian Greenwood (Labour - Nottingham South)
Transport Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Simon Jupp Portrait
Simon Jupp (Conservative - East Devon)
Transport Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Robert Largan Portrait
Robert Largan (Conservative - High Peak)
Transport Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Chris Loder Portrait
Chris Loder (Conservative - West Dorset)
Transport Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Karl McCartney Portrait
Karl McCartney (Conservative - Lincoln)
Transport Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Grahame Morris Portrait
Grahame Morris (Labour - Easington)
Transport Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Greg Smith Portrait
Greg Smith (Conservative - Buckingham)
Transport Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Ben Bradshaw Portrait
Ben Bradshaw (Labour - Exeter)
Transport Committee Member since 22 Feb 2021
Transport Committee: Upcoming Events
Transport Committee - Private Meeting
20 Apr 2021, 3 p.m.
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Transport Committee - Oral evidence
<i>At 9.30am: Oral evidence</i><br/>The Baroness Vere of Norbiton - Minister for Roads at Department for Transport<br/>Stephen Fidler - Director for Local Transport at Department for Transport<br/>
21 Apr 2021, 9:30 a.m.
National Bus Strategy
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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
15 Apr 2021, midnight Shipping: Carbon Emissions Kerry McCarthy (Labour - Bristol East)

Question to the Department for Transport:

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the International Chamber of Shipping proposals to the United Nations for a global carbon levy on shipping.

Answered by Robert Courts - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

We welcome the initiative shown by the International Chamber of Shipping and other industry players in submitting the proposal for an International Maritime Research Board to the International Maritime Organization (IMO). We look forward to discussing this in further detail at the upcoming Marine Environment Protection Committee in June. It is crucial that we see work at the IMO to both unlock new and innovative technologies in the near term, as well as to decarbonise fully in the longer term.

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