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

Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP
Secretary of State for Transport
Ministers of State
George Freeman MP
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
Chris Heaton-Harris MP
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Ms Nusrat Ghani MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
Paul Maynard MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

15 Aug 2019, 3 p.m.
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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
Jun. 13 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jul. 18 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Jul. 04 Urgent Questions Serco’s Role in the Justice System
Jul. 11 Written Statements Clean Maritime Plan
Jul. 10 Westminster Hall High Speed 2
Jun. 26 Adjournment Debate Disabled Access: Thirsk Station
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Department for Transport Legislation

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
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 20 Jul 2018, 1:38 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 16 Mar 2018, 3:39 p.m.
A Bill to make provision about space activities and suborbital activities; and for connected purposes.

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
7 Aug 2019, 11:37 a.m. Official Cars: New Palace Yard Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb


To ask Her Majesty's Government which Ministers have given permission or asked drivers of Government Car Service cars to leave their engines running in New Palace Yard while the vehicle is stationary and waiting.

Answer (Baroness Vere of Norbiton)

The Government Car Service (GCS) is not aware of any Ministers requesting or instructing GCS drivers to leave their engines running while parked in New Palace Yard.

GCS is moving towards low and zero emission vehicles to reduce carbon and nitrogen oxide emissions and the Department is working with them to speed this up.

Cars operated by the Metropolitan Police Service also park in New Palace Yard but I am unable to comment on the operational instructions given to their drivers.

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