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.



Secretary of State

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Grant Shapps
Secretary of State for Transport

Shadow Ministers / Spokeperson
Scottish National Party
Gavin Newlands (SNP - Paisley and Renfrewshire North)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Transport)

Labour
Lord Rosser (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Transport)
Louise Haigh (LAB - Sheffield, Heeley)
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

Liberal Democrat
Sarah Olney (LDEM - Richmond Park)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Transport)

Democratic Unionist Party
Paul Girvan (DUP - South Antrim)
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport)

Plaid Cymru
Liz Saville Roberts (PC - Dwyfor Meirionnydd)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Transport)

Liberal Democrat
Baroness Randerson (LDEM - Life peer)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Transport)
Junior Shadow Ministers / Deputy Spokesperson
Labour
Sam Tarry (LAB - Ilford South)
Shadow Minister (Transport)
Gill Furniss (LAB - Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough)
Shadow Minister (Transport)
Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi (LAB - Slough)
Shadow Minister (Transport)
Mike Kane (LAB - Wythenshawe and Sale East)
Shadow Minister (Transport)
Lord Tunnicliffe (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Minister (Transport)
Ministers of State
Andrew Stephenson (CON - Pendle)
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
Wendy Morton (CON - Aldridge-Brownhills)
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Robert Courts (CON - Witney)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
Trudy Harrison (CON - Copeland)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
Baroness Vere of Norbiton (CON - Life peer)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
Scheduled Event
Wednesday 18th May 2022
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Transport Committee - Oral evidence - Select & Joint Committees
18 May 2022, 9:30 a.m.
National bus strategy: one year on
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Scheduled Event
Thursday 19th May 2022
09:30
Department for Transport
Oral questions - Main Chamber
19 May 2022, 9:30 a.m.
Transport (including Topical Questions)
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Tuesday 24th May 2022
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Transport Committee - Private Meeting - Select & Joint Committees
24 May 2022, 3 p.m.

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Wednesday 25th May 2022
09:30
Transport Committee - Private Meeting - Select & Joint Committees
25 May 2022, 9:30 a.m.

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Thursday 30th June 2022
11:30
Department for Transport
Oral questions - Main Chamber
30 Jun 2022, 11:30 a.m.
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Debates
Tuesday 17th May 2022
Select Committee Docs
Wednesday 11th May 2022
10:45
Select Committee Inquiry
Friday 4th March 2022
National bus strategy: one year on

A Transport Select Committee inquiry to scrutinise the implementation of the Government’s national bus strategy. as set out in Bus …

Written Answers
Wednesday 18th May 2022
Ferries: Regulation
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Bills
Thursday 9th January 2020
Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Act 2021
A Bill to make provision about airspace change proposals and about the licensing regime for air traffic services under Part …
Dept. Publications
Wednesday 18th May 2022
11:29

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.

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Mar. 17
Oral Questions
Mar. 28
Urgent Questions
May. 17
Written Statements
Mar. 30
Adjournment Debate
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Bills currently before Parliament

Department for Transport does not have Bills currently before Parliament


Acts of Parliament created in the 2019 Parliament

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

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 29th April 2021 and was enacted into law.

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.

Department for Transport - Secondary Legislation

This Order amends the Hovercraft (Application of Enactments) Order 1989 (S.I. 1989/1350) (“the 1989 Order”) and the Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Pollution) (Law of the Sea Convention) Order 1996 (S.I. 1996/282) (“the 1996 Order”).
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Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

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Petition Debates Contributed

We ask Parliament to repeal the High Speed Rail Bills, 2016 and 2019, as MPs voted on misleading environmental, financial and timetable information provided by the Dept of Transport and HS2 Ltd. It fails to address the conditions of the Paris Accord and costs have risen from £56bn to over £100bn.

The Government’s modernising vehicle standards proposal suggested new offences for tampering with a system, part or component of a vehicle intended or adapted to be used on a road. This could have a hugely detrimental impact on the UK motorsport and custom aftermarket industry.

The Government should class in-person interaction with family members and unmarried partners abroad as an essential reason to travel.

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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 Chair since 29th January 2020
Greg Smith Portrait
Greg Smith (Conservative - Buckingham)
Transport Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Gavin Newlands Portrait
Gavin Newlands (Scottish National Party - Paisley and Renfrewshire North)
Transport Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Grahame Morris Portrait
Grahame Morris (Labour - Easington)
Transport Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Karl McCartney Portrait
Karl McCartney (Conservative - Lincoln)
Transport Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Chris Loder Portrait
Chris Loder (Conservative - West Dorset)
Transport Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Robert Largan Portrait
Robert Largan (Conservative - High Peak)
Transport Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Simon Jupp Portrait
Simon Jupp (Conservative - East Devon)
Transport Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Ruth Cadbury Portrait
Ruth Cadbury (Labour - Brentford and Isleworth)
Transport Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Ben Bradshaw Portrait
Ben Bradshaw (Labour - Exeter)
Transport Committee Member since 22nd February 2021
Navendu Mishra Portrait
Navendu Mishra (Labour - Stockport)
Transport Committee Member since 5th January 2022
Transport Committee: Upcoming Events
Transport Committee - Oral evidence
National bus strategy: one year on
18 May 2022, 9:30 a.m.
At 9.30am: Oral evidence
Councillor Tony Page - Deputy Leader at Reading Borough Council
Councillor Steven Broadbent - Cabinet Member for Transport at Buckinghamshire Council
Peter Bond - Director of Integrated Network Services at Transport for the West Midlands
At 10.30am: Oral evidence
Peter Hardy - Technical Director at Integrated Transport Planning
Councillor David Renard - Chair of the Environment, Economy, Housing and Transport Board at Local Government Association
Linda McCord - Senior Stakeholder Manager at Transport Focus

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Transport Committee - Private Meeting
24 May 2022, 3 p.m.
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Transport Committee - Private Meeting
25 May 2022, 9:30 a.m.
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50 most recent Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department

12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the ways in which Great British Railways could increase passenger use beyond pre-pandemic levels.

GBR will have a strong commercial focus and a new relationship with the private sector. New Passenger Service Contracts will ensure that Train Operators are incentivised and rewarded for working with GBR to deliver the high-quality services, effective market and modernised retailing offer that will attract passengers to rail.

New private sector partners will be attracted through new contracts for retail technology and services which will create greater opportunities for global players, supporting the introduction of new opportunities to manage stations and deliver commercialisation of railway assets. Open data, locally-led innovation schemes, targeted Research Development and Innovation spending and closer collaboration with industry, private sector innovators and technical institutions will enable rail to benefit from new ideas, new technology and new ways of working, in turn improving services and attracting more passengers to rail.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour Convention) (Recruitment and Placement) Regulations 2014 in regulating compliance in the ferry sector with the provisions on (a) seafarer employment agreements and (b) financial systems of protection for seafarers.

No review of the effectiveness of the Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour Convention) (Recruitment and Placement) Regulations 2014 has been made in relation to the ferry sector. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency aims to publish a post-implementation review of the Regulations by the end of the year.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues regarding the future viability of P&O Ferries protection and indemnity policies.

The Secretary of State for Transport and Minister for Aviation, Maritime and Security have had numerous discussions with colleagues across Government regarding the disgraceful actions that P&O Ferries took when they made nearly 800 seafarers redundant. However, it is up to the insurers of P&O Ferries to consider their protection and indemnity policies.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has had discussions with Transport for London to ensure that private hire operators in the capital are compliant following the judgment in Uber London Limited v Transport for London & Others [2021] EWHC 3290 (Admin).

The Government sets the regulatory framework for taxi and private hire vehicle licensing, with licensing authorities responsible for licensing decisions and enforcement. Following the Divisional Court's judgment, Transport for London, the licensing authority for London, has amended its regulations governing private hire vehicle operator licences and in April 2022 issued guidance on complying with the legislation.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
10th May 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with regional authorities in Spain regarding mutual recognition of disabled persons blue parking badges; and what progress has been made in those discussions.

Blue Badge recognition between countries has to date been based on informal arrangements. The Department for Transport continues to work towards reciprocal provision for Blue Badge holders but does not provide a commentary on the status of these negotiations.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with HS2 on the use of Project Bank Accounts throughout their supply chain following the insolvency of HS2 contractor Roadbridge.

DfT, including its Arm’s Length Bodies, follow the principles of the Construction Playbook which sets out options to mitigate the risk of potential supplier insolvency, one of these options is the use of Project Bank Accounts.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's position is on the use of Project Bank Accounts throughout the supply chain, including for Tier Two and Tier Three contractors, for transport-related construction and infrastructure projects.

DfT, including its Arm’s Length Bodies, follow the principles of the Construction Playbook which sets out options to mitigate the risk of potential supplier insolvency, one of these options is the use of Project Bank Accounts.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make as assessment of the potential merits of preventing automated BOTS from booking driving tests on the DVLA website.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) does not employ, encourage or licence anyone to provide a driving test cancellation checking service. The Apps/BOTS are not approved by the DVSA as they make it harder for candidates to get a test and can also result in people paying more for a test than the official test fee. Using such services also means that any changes to the driving test may not necessarily be relayed to the candidate.

The DVSA is taking steps to block cancellation services from accessing its booking system. As well as checking if the user accessing the system is human, using CAPTCHA checks, the DVSA has introduced Advanced Bot Protection into its firewall, which will allow the DVSA to have greater scrutiny of traffic on its booking services.

The DVSA will continue to inform candidates of the official channels for booking a test and has taken measures to encourage learners to use the official booking website by ensuring that it appears as high as possible on popular search engines and by promoting the official website on social media.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to require motorists to have an MOT every 2 years.

The Government is always looking for ways to assist consumers with the cost of travel. During the time that the MOT system has been in place, cars have changed greatly including considerable safety improvements and there are new types of vehicle, in particular hybrid and electric cars. It is right that we keep the system under review.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with South Western Railway regarding the proposed timetable changes from December 2022.

Department officials have been in regular communication with South Western Railway and are being kept informed of timetable developments and the latest passenger demand across their network.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the financial impact on the coach industry of the decision by Eurotunnel to reduce the number of coach berths available and to increase charges for the available berths.

Decisions regarding capacity and pricing are commercial ones for Eurotunnel as a private operator, noting that there are a number of options available to customers wishing to travel from the UK to Europe via the short Straits in what is a highly competitive market. Nevertheless, my officials will continue to engage with Eurotunnel and raise this important issue.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to ensure the Maritime Labour Convention applies to all vessels operating in UK territorial waters.

It is both the Department’s policy, and the United Kingdom’s legal obligation, as a country which has ratified the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC), to apply the standards of the MLC to UK flagged ships anywhere in the world and to foreign flagged ships calling at UK ports.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 14 March 2022 to Question 136657, on Southeastern Trains: Cleaning Services, if he will publish the terms of the Service Contract between the Secretary of State, DOHL and SE Trains Limited.

The Department published the Southeastern Service Contract on the Government website on 12 April 2022.

It is available at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/south-eastern-railways-2021-olr-rail-contract.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether under the terms of the Service Contract between the Secretary of State, DOHL and SE Trains Ltd, he has agreed a dispute handling policy with the Directors of SE Trains Ltd.

Under the terms of the Service Contract, I can confirm that there is no provision to agree a dispute handling policy with Southeastern regarding third party contracts.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2022 to Question 134390 on Southeastern Trains: Cleaning Services, if he will publish the outcomes of the meetings held between a Director of SE Trains Ltd and Churchill on 4 February and 11 March.

The Department does not hold this information.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) Angus and (b) the UK awaiting a practical driving test; and of those how many are awaiting those tests at the Abroath remote testing centre.

As of 13 May 2022:

  • 135 people had a practical car driving test booked in Angus.
  • 119,865 people had a practical car driving test booked in the UK.
  • 60 people had a practical car driving test booked at Arbroath test centre.

The waiting time for a practical car test at Arbroath is five weeks.

In 2019, 11 practical car driving tests were carried out, on average, per week, at Arbroath. 12 practical driving tests were carried out, on average, per week, at Arbroath between 1 January and 1 May 2022.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many practical driving test were carried out per week on average in Arbroath (a) in 2019 and (b) between 1 January and 1 May 2022.

As of 13 May 2022:

  • 135 people had a practical car driving test booked in Angus.
  • 119,865 people had a practical car driving test booked in the UK.
  • 60 people had a practical car driving test booked at Arbroath test centre.

The waiting time for a practical car test at Arbroath is five weeks.

In 2019, 11 practical car driving tests were carried out, on average, per week, at Arbroath. 12 practical driving tests were carried out, on average, per week, at Arbroath between 1 January and 1 May 2022.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 14 March 2022 to Question 136656 on Southeastern Trains: Cleaning Services, whether under the terms of the Service Contract between the Secretary of State, DOHL and SE Trains Ltd, he has given a mandate to the Directors of SE Trains Ltd in relation to Churchill’s pay arrangements.

The Department has not provided Southeastern with a mandate in relation to this dispute. Pay arrangements are a contractual issue between Churchill and its staff.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of (a) the costs of compliance with and (b) the wider impact of the Electric Vehicles (Smart Charge Points) Regulations 2021 on the electric vehicle charging industry.

The Electric Vehicles (Smart Charge Points) Regulations 2021 are estimated to have a net economic benefit of up to £1.1bn (with a central estimate of £500m) by reducing the need for expensive electricity system infrastructure. This is expected to translate into lower energy bills for all consumers and support the uptake of electric vehicles by facilitating their integration into the electricity system at least cost.

An Impact Assessment was published alongside the Regulations that includes a detailed assessment of the costs and benefits that were considered in developing the regulations: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1015290/electric-vehicles-smart-charge-points-regulations-2021-impact-assessment.pdf

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with representatives of Eurotunnel regarding restrictions placed on coaches for the summer 2022 period.

My officials engage with Eurotunnel on a range of issues on a regular basis, including recently discussing Eurotunnel’s policy regarding coach bookings.

My officials will continue to engage with Eurotunnel on this and other issues.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department had discussions with the Office for Product Security and Safety prior to drawing up the Electric Vehicles (Smart Charge Points) Regulations 2021.

The Electric Vehicles (Smart Charge Points) Regulations 2021 were jointly developed by DfT and BEIS policy officials who worked closely with the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) in their development.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with the electric vehicle charging industry on its ability to comply with the Electric Vehicles (Smart Charge Points) Regulations 2021.

Government consulted on the Electric Vehicles (Smart Charge Point) Regulations in 2019 and received 129 responses. Last August, the Government also published the final draft Regulations and notified the World Trade Organisation of intentions to lay these, offering UK and international trade bodies a further opportunity to provide comments. No responses were received.

Since the Regulations were made in December 2021, BEIS and Office for Product Safety Standards (OPSS) officials have continued to engage extensively with industry, both individually and via trade associations, to support them in compliance. Detailed guidance was published in February, and an updated version including further clarity on issues requested by industry will be published shortly.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Port State Control inspections of P&O Ferries vessels undertaken by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency since 17 March 2022, if he will take steps to publish the outcome of those inspections.

Reports of all Port State Control inspections are published on the Paris Memorandum of Understanding website, parismou.org, in the inspection database. Individual reports are published once an inspection is complete and in the case of a detention, after the vessel has been released.

Reports for individual vessels can be found by searching on its name and with a date range.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the decision by P&O to dismiss 800 employees and replace them with sub-minimum wage agency workers, what steps his Department will take to uphold employment standards for seafaring workers.

P&O Ferries made 800 seafarers redundant on Thursday 17 March without consultation.

The Secretary of State made a statement in Parliament on the 30 March to announce a package of measures to ensure employment standards for seafarers are upheld, and wider seafarer welfare and health and safety is addressed. Measures include improving the long-term working conditions for seafarers, including working through international organisations.

We are committed to seafarer protections and welfare and this is being taken forward as part of our nine-point plan.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Russian-owned vessels have been seized at ports and airfields since sanctions have been introduced in response to the invasion of Ukraine.

We are actively working with departments and agencies across Government to identify all aircraft and vessels, including leisure craft, that fall within the scope of the sanctions Regulations. To date, three aircraft have been detained, and two remain under a restriction of flying order pending investigation. At least 28 ships have been frustrated by the maritime sanctions, and one superyacht has been detained.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to identify Russian-owned aircraft and ships located in the UK.

We are actively working with departments and agencies across government, with industry, and Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories, to enforce sanctions against Russia – including the identification of Russian-owned aircraft and ships.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department will announce the location a new headquarters for Great British Railways.

The shortlist of towns and cities for the Great British Railways headquarters will be announced shortly. Following an online consultative public vote, the location of the Great British Railways headquarters will be announced later this year.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to establish a new headquarters for Great British Railways.

A competition to select a national headquarters for Great British Railways was launched on 5 February and is being overseen by the Great British Railways Transition Team (GBRTT). GBRTT received 42 applications. A shortlist is being finalised, using GBRTT’s published selection criteria. The towns and cities on the shortlist will go forward to a public consultative vote shortly. Ministers will then make a final decision later this year, based on all information gathered.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to ensure an integrated transport system across the whole of England.

The Department for Transport is committed to supporting closer integration between all forms of transport and it is a critical criteria as we assess our investments. Furthermore, we are delivering goals set out in our National Bus Strategy and Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail to better integrate bus and rail networks with each other, as well as connecting to onward travel options, including cycling and walking.

The Department also works closely with other departments across Whitehall such as the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to ensure that our investments integrate with broader government investment plans.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what role the Great British Railways body proposed in the Queen's Speech 2022 is expected to have in developing innovations in operations and planning for the rail network.

Great British Railways (GBR), will provide strong unified leadership across the rail network, bringing ownership of infrastructure, fares, timetables and planning of the network under a single point of operational accountability.

With the new relationship between GBR, train operators and innovators, innovations can be trialed and rolled out more rapidly. Central to this will be the better management and exploitation of data.

GBR will be well placed to coordinate data sharing, both across the established rail industry, and with innovators and the supply chain, enabling new innovations and the refinement of existing processes.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of how Great British Railways will develop the skills required by the future rail network.

Great British Railways will invest in skills, training and leadership across the rail sector to foster greater collaboration and openness to innovation and new technology, which will support vital long-term productivity improvements.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of how Great British Railways will intersect with other transport modes to secure good intermodal connectivity.

The Government is committed to further integration of rail with other transport modes, as emphasised in the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail. The Great British Railways Transition Team’s recent call for evidence for the Whole Industry Strategic Plan, a 30-year strategy for the rail sector, sought responses on a range of topics including modal integration. We expect that findings from the Call for Evidence Report will be published shortly.

Once established, Great British Railways will provide strong unified leadership across the rail network and work in partnership with local and regional government to give local leaders a greater say in how transport services are delivered in their area.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will encourage Great British Railways to develop partnerships with companies that are leading rail innovations.

The Government's vision is a railway that combines the focus on innovation, quality and customer service of the private sector with a new guiding mind for the railways, Great British Railways (GBR). GBR will be structured to promote closer working with the rail supply chain, including working with local innovators through its regional divisions. Through Passenger Service Contracts, GBR will also incentivise operators to innovate for the benefit of customers.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of how Great British Railways should work with new energy technologies to power the future of rail.

The government is committed to providing a net zero rail network by 2050, and to do so we will electrify most of the network and deploy battery and hydrogen trains on some lines, where it makes economic and operational sense. To support this Great British Rail will bring forward costed options to decarbonise the whole network to meet the government’s commitment to a net-zero society as part of the 30-year strategy. The 30-year rail strategy will provide clear, long-term plans to transform the rail, strengthen collaboration with industry and incentivise innovation in new energy technologies.

The government is currently supporting the development of battery and hydrogen technology in rail through innovation funding and research. This includes work on safety and wider issues that will have to be considered to allow battery and hydrogen trains smooth entry onto the network. As such, Great Western Railway has signed a deal that will see the UK’s first battery-only train enter scheduled passenger service this year, trialling Vivarail’s new fast charger. The trial is supported by £2.15m funding from the Department for Transport's Rail Network Enhancement pipeline (RNEP).

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to inform road users of changes made to The Highway Code.

The changes to The Highway Code to help improve road safety for people walking, cycling and horse riding are being communicated in two phases:

  • A factual awareness raising campaign ran in February and March, alerting road users to the changes as they came into effect.
  • A broader behaviour change campaign will launch later this year, to align with seasonal increases in active travel, to help embed the changes and encourage understanding and uptake of the new guidance.

Both phases of the campaign include a significant media spend, utilising channels such as radio, digital audio and social media advertising.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential impact the European Union's General Safety Regulation (GSR) would have on road fatalities were they to be implemented in the UK.

The UK’s departure from the EU provides the platform to capitalise on regulatory freedoms and make decisions that are right for Great Britain (GB) and benefit road safety.

Not all parts of the EU’s General Safety Regulation may be right for Britain. Further analysis of the potential benefits for GB will be needed before a decision on whether to mandate any of the technologies.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when a decision will be made on whether to implement the European Union's General Safety Regulation (GSR) on new vehicles in the UK.

The UK’s departure from the EU provides the platform to capitalise on regulatory freedoms and make decisions that are right for Great Britain and benefit road safety.

An assessment is being undertaken on the relevant technologies and a decision will be taken in due course as to whether to introduce any of those in Great Britain.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the environmental impact of reducing the maximum operational weight of volumetric concrete mobile plants to 32 tonnes from 2028.

Following regulatory changes in 2017, a temporary regime was put in place to allow a limited number of volumetric concrete mixers (VCMs) to temporarily operate at higher than standard weights until 2028 at the latest. An impact assessment was undertaken at the time of the regulatory changes in 2017 .

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has with the Scottish Government on the East Coast Main Line following the publication of the Union Connectivity Review.

The Union Connectivity Review (UCR) was published on 26 November 2021. The UK Government is grateful to Sir Peter Hendy for his work and is considering his recommendations carefully, to identify the solutions that work best for the people of the UK.

Baroness Vere discussed the UCR recommendations with Graeme Dey MSP, the former Scottish Government Transport Minister, and discussions continue at official level. Baroness Vere has invited the Scottish Government Transport Minister, Jenny Gilruth MSP, to discuss the UCR recommendations.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the upgrading of the A1 following publication of the Union Connectivity Review.

The Union Connectivity Review (UCR) was published on 26 November 2021. The UK Government is grateful to Sir Peter Hendy for his work and is considering his recommendations carefully, to identify the solutions that work best for the people of the UK.

Baroness Vere discussed the UCR recommendations with Graeme Dey MSP, the former Scottish Government Transport Minister, and discussions continue at official level. Baroness Vere has invited the Scottish Government Transport Minister, Jenny Gilruth MSP, to discuss the UCR recommendations.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will bring forward proposals to enable Kosovan citizens to use Kosovo drivers licences in the UK.

Holders of driving licences issued in Kosovo who become resident in or are visiting Great Britain can drive cars and motorcycles for up to one year from the date they arrive. To continue driving after this period Kosovan drivers must apply for a provisional driving licence and pass both a theory and practical driving test.

The UK does exchange driving licences with certain countries but Kosovo is not currently a designated country. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has received a request from the Embassy of Kosovo to consider a possible reciprocal driving licence exchange agreement and will provide the necessary information to progress this.

Driver licensing is devolved in Northern Ireland. The DVLA will keep the Department for Infrastructure informed of progress with the exchange agreement.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many full time equivalent staff were employed by DVLA as at the latest date for which data is available.

On 30 April 2022 the number of full time equivalent staff employed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency was 5601.42.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to reduce the backlog of practical driving tests; and whether he has plans to extend the validity of theory test certificates to over two years in response to that backlog.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) operates a 24-week booking window for car tests and there are test slots available within this window.

The DVSA recognises the high demand for learners wanting to take their practical driving test following the suspension of routine driver training and testing during the pandemic. It is committed to increasing the availability of practical driving tests by recruiting more than 300 driving examiners, asking all those qualified to conduct tests, but who do not do so as part of their current day job, to return to conducting tests, conducting out of hours testing, and asking recently retired driving examiners to return.

The DVSA has resumed the number of driving tests per day to seven for each full-time examiner. This was reduced to six a day during the pandemic.

It is important road safety knowledge and hazard perception skills are up to date at the critical point a person drives unsupervised for the first time.

The maximum duration of two years between passing the theory test and a subsequent practical test is in place to ensure a candidate’s road safety knowledge and ability to identify developing hazards is current. This validity period is set in legislation and the Government has no current plans to lay further legislation to extend it.

Ensuring new drivers have current relevant knowledge and skills is a vital part of the preparation of new drivers, who are disproportionality represented in casualty statistics. Learners will therefore need to pass another theory test if their certificate expires.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to assess whether P&O Ferries’ contract with International Fleet Management is compliant with section 8 of the Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour Convention) (Recruitment and Placement) Regulations 2014.

The Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour Convention) (Recruitment and Placement) Regulations 2014 are only applicable to recruitment services operating out of UK.

The responsibility of verifying compliance with Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) for International Ferry Management lies with Malta, where the company is based.

During the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s Port State Control inspections of the P&O ferries, their inspectors were presented with a Certificate of Compliance issued by RINA on behalf of the Maltese administration that demonstrated compliance with the requirements of the MLC.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the number of Port State Control inspections that the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has carried out on the P&O Ferries vessels (a) Pride of Canterbury, (b) Pride of Kent, (c) Pride of Hull, (d) Spirit of Britain, (e) Spirit of France, (f) Norbay, (g) European Causeway, (h) European Highlander from 1 January 2019 to date.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has conducted the following number of Port State Control inspections since 1 January 2019 on the P&O ferries: Pride of Canterbury – one; Pride of Kent – two; Pride of Hull – two; Spirit of Britain – two; Spirit of France – one; Norbay – none; European Causeway – eight; and European Highlander – five.

There have not been any Port State Control inspections on the Norbay as it is registered in Bermuda which is part of the Red Ensign Group which includes the UK; the UK is considered the Flag State.

The second inspection on the Pride of Kent included four visits by MCA inspectors between 28 March and 9 May 2022.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many incidents have been reported of (a) material falling from planes and (b) landing on property under flight paths in (i) the Heathrow area and (ii) nationwide in each of the last 5 years.

The DfT does not maintain a log of such incidents, however the CAA may hold some information pertaining to this which is available upon direct request from them.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department have met representatives from P&O Ferries Ltd since 17 March 2022.

Since P&O Ferries took the decision to make nearly 800 staff redundant, DfT Ministers have met with their representatives once, on the day of the announcement.

This was to make clear our anger with the disgraceful actions they had taken, and that we will do everything we can to protect workers’ rights and to ensure vessels are safe for staff and passengers.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had recent discussions with Cabinet colleagues on the Seafarers (Insolvency, Collective Redundancies and Information and Consultation Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018 following P&O Ferries Ltd.'s dismissal of UK seafarers on 17 March 2022.

The Insolvency Service have initiated both criminal and civil investigations into the circumstances surrounding the recent redundancies made by P&O Ferries. Until these investigations are concluded, the government will not be commenting further.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the level of noise exposure for passengers travelling on the London Underground.

The Department does not hold this information as transport in London is devolved and is the responsibility of the Mayor of London and Transport for London.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)