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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
Rachel Maclean MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
Kelly Tolhurst MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
Gavin Newlands (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Transport)
Jonathan Edwards (Plaid Cymru)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Transport)
Munira Wilson (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Transport)
Paul Girvan (Democratic Unionist Party)
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport)
Andy McDonald (Labour)
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
Shadow Ministers
Karl Turner (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Transport)
Matt Rodda (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Transport) (Buses)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

6 Apr 2020, 2:57 p.m.
Captain McArthur is a Senior Marine Pilot and recipient of the Merchant Navy Medal Award – he is helping ships laden with fuel through the #Manchester shipping canals to ensure critical workers can get to work.   We salute you Peter and all our #TransportHeroes https://t.co/nI4QA9AxNI - Link
3 Apr 2020, 8 a.m.
We’re supporting the bus industry with nearly £400m to... ✅Protect vital services ✅Ensure NHS and other staff can get to work ✅Help bus operators withstand the impact of #coronavirus   Find out more 👉https://t.co/LqRuwv5eWO #COVID19 #StayHomeSaveLives https://t.co/JDQEXIfytk - 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. 12 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Mar. 12 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Mar. 02 Urgent Questions Airport Expansion
Mar. 12 Written Statements Smart Motorway Safety
Mar. 17 Westminster Hall Surrey: M25 Noise Pollution
Mar. 13 Adjournment Debate Roadworks: Rayleigh
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Department for Transport Legislation

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill [HL] 2019-19 1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 22 October, 2019 24 Oct 2019, 6:11 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
Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill [HL] 2019-20 Committee: 2nd sitting (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 12 February, 2020 13 Feb 2020, 4:18 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
Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill [HL] 2019-21 Committee: 2nd sitting (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 12 February, 2020 2 Apr 2020, 12:51 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
Air Travel Organisers' Licensing Act 2017 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 16 November, 2017 20 Nov 2017, 3:11 p.m.
To amend sections 71, 71A and 84 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982, and for connected purposes.
Automated and Electric Vehicles Act 2018 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 19 July, 2018 20 Jul 2018, 1:39 p.m.
A Bill to make provision about automated vehicles and electric vehicles.
Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Act 2018 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 10 May, 2018 11 May 2018, 1:08 p.m.
Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Act 2018 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceddings) 19 July, 2018 26 Sep 2019, 4:58 p.m.
A Bill to make provision about the international transport of goods by road; to make provision about the registration of trailers; and for connected purposes.
Space Industry Act 2018 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 15 March, 2018 26 Sep 2019, 3:27 p.m.
A Bill to make provision about space activities and suborbital activities; and for connected purposes.

Petitions addressed by Department for Transport

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
60,448
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 1 year, 9 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

Most Recent Publications
Date Title Type
Apr. 06 Community rail development strategy Guidance and Regulation
Apr. 06 ADR instructions in writing Guidance and Regulation
Apr. 06 Testing and inspecting intermediate bulk containers Guidance and Regulation
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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
6 Apr 2020, 3:46 p.m. Railway Network Lord Bradshaw

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to accelerate the procedure for the re-opening of closed railway routes.

Answer (Baroness Vere of Norbiton)

We have pledged £500m to reopening railway lines and stations. We invited MPs to come forward with proposals. The deadline for these proposals was 16 March. A panel comprising Ministers and rail and community experts are looking at these and we will be writing to applicants on next steps. A second round is planned for June.

Some projects, such as the Ashington Blyth line, have been accelerated and are already in development.

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