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 (Independent)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Transport)
Munira Wilson (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Transport)
Jim McMahon (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
Paul Girvan (Democratic Unionist Party)
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport)
Shadow Ministers
Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Transport)
Mike Kane (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Transport)
Kerry McCarthy (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Transport)
Matt Rodda (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Transport) (Buses)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

4 Jul 2020, 8:54 a.m.
As restrictions are eased today, we are still asking people to stay off public transport if they can but that is likely to result in more traffic on our roads. 🚙🚚🚗 If you are making a journey this weekend, find out how you can #TravelSafely here: - Link
3 Jul 2020, 5:03 p.m.
Are you ready to make some noise? 👏 To mark the #NHSBirthday, on July 5 at 5pm we’re joining the whole country in saying #ThankYouTogether to all the helpers getting us through this difficult time. The Transport family is ready. Will you join us for one big clap? - 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
Jul. 02 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jul. 02 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Mar. 02 Urgent Questions Airport Expansion
Jun. 29 Written Statements UK Borders: Self-Isolation Exemptions
Mar. 17 Westminster Hall Surrey: M25 Noise Pollution
Jul. 02 Adjournment Debate Manchester Airport and the Local Economy
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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
30 Jun 2020
In Force
22 Jul 2020
Department for Transport Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Pollution by Garbage from Ships) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations implement the current version of Annex V to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as amended by the Protocol of 1978 (“the Convention”). Annex V contains regulations for the Prevention of Pollution by Garbage from Ships. The current version of Annex V came into force internationally on 31st December 1988 and amendments have been made to it since that time. These Regulations implement all amendments to Annex V as at the date of this statutory instrument. Future amendments to the Convention and other instruments referred to in these Regulations will be automatically incorporated into the Regulations by way of ambulatory reference (regulation 3).
30 Jun 2020
In Force
22 Jul 2020
Department for Transport Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Pollution by Sewage from Ships) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Legislation
Made negative procedure
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Petitions addressed by Department for Transport

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
c. 930 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 2 months, 2 weeks

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 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
3 Jul 2020, 2:04 p.m. Electric Scooters: Safety Craig Tracey


To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department plans to take to (a) monitor and (b) mitigate potential safety matters during the trial of e-scooters on roads.

Answer (Rachel Maclean)

The Department is preparing a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation plan for e-scooter trials which will assess safety impacts. The regulations to enable trials will set requirements for e-scooter users, among other changes, will set a maximum speed for e-scooters. We are also specifying minimum standards for the e-scooters participating in trials. These steps mitigate potential safety risks and we will keep this under review as trials progress.

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