Chris in Parliament

Chris is Secretary of State at the Department for Transport, with overall responsibility for the policies of the Department.

Chris campaigned for Britain to leave the European Union in last year’s referendum. He set out the reasons why in a speech he gave during the campaign at Regent’s University, which you can read here.

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What the Department for Transport does

The DfT works with agencies and partners to support the transport network that helps the UK’s businesses and gets people and goods travelling around the country. They plan and invest in transport infrastructure to keep the UK on the move.


The DfT is responsible for:

  • providing policy, guidance, and funding to English local authorities to help them run and maintain their road networks, improve passenger and freight travel, and develop new major transport schemes
  • investing in, maintaining and operating around 4,300 miles of the motorway and trunk road network in England through Highways England
  • setting the strategic direction for the rail industry in England and Wales – funding investment in infrastructure through Network Rail, awarding and managing rail franchises, and regulating rail fares
  • improving English bus services through funding and regulation
  • working to make our roads less congested and polluted by promoting lower carbon transport, including cycling and walking
  • encouraging the use of new technology such as smart ticketing and low carbon vehicles
  • maintaining high standards of safety and security in transport
  • supporting the maritime sector by producing the overall strategy and planning policy for ports in England and Wales
  • setting national aviation policy, working with airlines, airports, the Civil Aviation Authority and NATS (the UK’s air traffic service)

As Secretary of State of State, Chris speaks regularly in Parliament on issues ranging right across the transport brief.

Recent statements to the Commons have outlined government policy on:

There are regular Oral Questions sessions to all ministers in the Department; you can read what happened at the most recent Transport Questions session.

Transport Questions.

You can also read copies of speeches Chris has given in his national role on the Department for Transport website: