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
Robert Courts MP - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
Rachel Maclean MP - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
Baroness Vere of Norbiton - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

23 Oct 2020, 3:17 p.m.
Tick tock... ⏰    A reminder from the majestic clock @StPancrasInt railway station that the #ClocksGoBack on Sunday morning. - Link
22 Oct 2020, 5:31 p.m.
Travel Update If you arrive from the Canary Islands, Mykonos, the Maldives or Denmark after 04:00 25 Oct, you will not need to self-isolate. If you arrive in England from Liechtenstein after 04:00 25 Oct, you must self-isolate for 14 days #TravelSafely - 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
Sep. 17 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Mar. 02 Urgent Questions Airport Expansion
Oct. 14 Westminster Hall Jet Zero Council
Oct. 21 Adjournment Debate Hedge End Train Station: Accessibility
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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
22 Oct 2020
In Force
Not stated
Department for Transport Heavy Commercial Vehicles in Kent (No. 3) (Amendment) Order 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
This Order amends the Heavy Commercial Vehicles in Kent (No. 3) Order 2019 (the “2019 Order”) to enable the movement of cross-Channel lorries in Kent to be controlled by further regulating access to the motorway network in Kent. A cross-Channel lorry may be used on the coastbound carriageway of motorways in Kent only if a valid Kent Access Permit has been issued in respect of it. This permit is obtained by providing information from or about border documents to the Secretary of State’s goods vehicle border readiness internet site. In addition, this Order allows a cross-Channel lorry carrying only priority goods to be issued with a priority goods permit which will allow it to use the London-bound carriageway of the M20 Motorway between Junctions 8 and 9. Finally this Order makes ancillary provision relating to enforcement.
22 Oct 2020
In Force
Not stated
Department for Transport Heavy Commercial Vehicles in Kent (No. 2) (Amendment) Order 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made affirmative procedure
This Order amends the Heavy Commercial Vehicles in Kent (No. 2) Order 2019 (“the 2019 Order”).
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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 1 month 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, 4 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
Oct. 23 2022 Commonwealth Games: Games Transport Plan News and Communications
Oct. 22 Speech to Great Northern Conference News and Communications
Oct. 22 Canary Islands, Denmark, Maldives and Mykonos added to travel corridor exempt list News and Communications
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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
23 Oct 2020, 2:41 p.m. Jack Brereton MP (Conservative - Stoke-on-Trent South) Jack Brereton MP (Conservative - Stoke-on-Trent South)

Question to the Department for Transport:

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to Network Rail Limited’s Annual Report and Accounts 2020, page 1, to what extent (a) station retail sales and (b) income to reinvest have grown (i) nationally, (ii) in each of the five Network Rail Regions, and (iii) at Stoke-on-Trent station; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Chris Heaton-Harris - Minister of State (Department for Transport)

In 2019/20, income from Network Rail’s managed stations, all of which is reinvested in the railway, grew by £8m / 4%.

A full break down of this information by region is provided in the table attached.

Stoke-On-Trent Station is owned by Network Rail and leased to the Train Operating Company, Avanti. We do not hold information on income for this station.

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