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

Grant Shapps
Secretary of State for Transport

Ministers of State
Andrew Stephenson - Minister of State (Department for Transport)
Chris Heaton-Harris - Minister of State (Department for Transport)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Robert Courts - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
Rachel Maclean - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
Baroness Vere of Norbiton - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

16 Jan 2021, 9:24 a.m.
Information and Advice Sites are available across the UK for HGV, LGV and van drivers and crew to: ✅ Take a free COVID-19 test ✅ Complete a free border readiness check to ensure correct documentation to cross the EU border Find your nearest Site 👉 - Link
15 Jan 2021, 6:59 p.m.
All UK Travel Corridors suspended to protect against new COVID-19 variants. From 4am Mon 18 Jan, all travellers to the UK (including British & Irish nationals) must: ✅Take a test in the 3 days before departure ✅Self-isolate for 10 days 👉 - 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
Dec. 03 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Mar. 02 Urgent Questions Airport Expansion
Jan. 12 Written Statements M25 Junction 10 Upgrade
Dec. 10 Westminster Hall Future of the Coach Industry
Dec. 03 Adjournment Debate Orwell Bridge Closures during High Winds
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Department for Transport - Bills and Acts in the Current Session

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

Last Event - Committee: 2nd sitting : House of Lords
Wednesday 12th February 2020
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Next Event - Report stage: House of Lords
Thursday 21st January 2021

Department for Transport - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
14 Jan 2021
In Force
Not stated
Department for Transport Health Protection (Coronavirus, Pre-Departure Testing and Operator Liability) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
Part 1 of these Regulations amends the Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (England) Regulations 2020 (S.I. 2020/568) to introduce a requirement for persons travelling to England from outside the open borders area comprising the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland (the “common travel area” by virtue of section 1(3) of the Immigration Act 1971 (c. 77)) to possess a notification of a negative coronavirus test upon arrival in England or, if travelling on a shuttle service through the Channel Tunnel, upon presenting at immigration control at the Channel Tunnel shuttle terminal area in France.
12 Jan 2021
In Force
2 Feb 2021
Department for Transport M27 Motorway (Junctions 4 to 11) (Variable Speed Limits) Regulations 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations introduce variable speed limits to—
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Petitions addressed by Department for Transport

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
Petition Closed

Support the British aviation industry during the COVID-19 outbreak

Gov Responded - 7 May 2020 Debated on - 25 Jun 2020
20 Sep 2020
closed 3 months, 4 weeks ago

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, 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 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.

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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
15 Jan 2021, 3 p.m. Baroness Randerson (Liberal Democrat - Life peer) Baroness Randerson (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)

Question to the Department for Transport:

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a requirement, once possible, for air, sea and rail passengers arriving in England to have had a vaccination against COVID-19 as an alternative to such passengers being required to have a recent negative test result before entry.

Answered by Baroness Vere of Norbiton - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Government wants to open up international travel in a responsible and safe manner as set out in the recommendations of the Global Travel Taskforce Report, and we will continue to be guided by the science including whether COVID-19 vaccines could be used to facilitate international travel in future. We are working with partner countries on a range of issues to ensure an internationally recognised approach to enable travel.

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