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
Chris Heaton-Harris MP
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
George Freeman 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)
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
Gavin Newlands MP (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Transport)
Jonathan Edwards MP (Plaid Cymru)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Transport)
(Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Transport)
Paul Girvan MP (Democratic Unionist Party)
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport)
Andy McDonald MP (Labour)
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
Shadow Ministers
Rachael Maskell MP (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Minister (Transport)
Karl Turner MP (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Transport)
Matt Rodda MP (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Transport) (Buses)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

22 Jan 2020, 9:19 a.m.
The new railcard will offer #veterans up to 1/3rd off rail fares… ✅Saving them and their families £100s a year ✅Opening up more job opportunities ✅Bringing them closer to family and friends Find out more 👉 https://t.co/qctpVqL9MR #YourRailway - Link
21 Jan 2020, 5:25 p.m.
Today @Nus_Ghani visited @BelfastHarbour to join the @1851Trust Maritime Roadshow for Girls - helping to inspire the next generation of #STEM engineers who are vital to the sector   #Maritime2050 #Belfast https://t.co/irKmhAjT43 - 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
Oct. 24 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Oct. 24 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Jan. 14 Urgent Questions Flybe
Jan. 15 Written Statements Regional Connectivity
Jan. 21 Westminster Hall High Speed 1: Rolling Stock
Oct. 16 Adjournment Debate Portishead Railway
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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 1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 9 January, 2020 2nd reading: House of Lords

27 Jan 2020

20 Jan 2020, 9:13 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, 7 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 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 Jan 2020, 12:40 p.m. Railways: North of England Lord Greaves

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish the report produced by Steer on the proposed freight line from Liverpool to Yorkshire, via the reinstated Colne–Skipton line.

Answer (Baroness Vere of Norbiton)

We will publish the reports on the feasibility work into the reinstatement of the Colne-Skipton line, including the initial Strategic Outline Business Case prepared by Steer in 2018, once the work is complete and we understand the full picture.

My officials continue to engage with key stakeholders, including the local SELRAP campaign group, on this feasibility work and the findings of the Steer report, which has been shared with the group.

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