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)

17 Sep 2020, 5:36 p.m.
If you arrive in England from... 🇸🇮Slovenia 🇬🇵Guadeloupe after 04:00 19 Sept 2020, you must self-isolate for 14 days. If you arrive from 🇸🇬Singapore or 🇹🇭Thailand after 04:00 19 Sept you will not need to self-isolate Find out more here 👉 #TravelSafely - Link
15 Sep 2020, 5:25 p.m.
Together with @networkrail and @HighwaysEngland we’re removing #graffiti from the network as we welcome commuters back to our railways. 🚆   Find out more👉   #YourRailway #GBSeptemberClean - 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
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”).
11 Sep 2020
In Force
12 Sep 2020
Department for Transport Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (England) (Amendment) (No. 13) 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—
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Petitions addressed by Department for Transport

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
c. 552 added daily

Support the British aviation industry during the COVID-19 outbreak

Sign this petition Gov Responded - 7 May 2020 Debated on - 25 Jun 2020
20 Sep 2020
closes in 1 day, 12 hours

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
17 Sep 2020, 5:08 p.m. Cycling: Voucher Schemes Carla Lockhart


To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many applications have been made to the Cycle to Work Scheme in each month of 2020.

Answer (Chris Heaton-Harris)

The Government does not hold this data. The Cycle to Work Alliance, an industry body which represents four of the leading providers of bicycles and equipment under the cycle to work scheme, has informed the Department that weekly applications to their members increased between the period May-July 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.

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