About the Transport Committee

The Transport Committee was appointed by the House of Commons on July 13th 2005.

The Transport Committee is charged by the House of Commons with scrutiny of the Department for Transport. Its formal remit is to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Transport and its associated public bodies.

Within its terms of reference, the Committee chooses its own subjects of inquiry and seeks evidence from a wide range of groups and individuals. Once the Committee has chosen an inquiry it normally issues a press notice outlining the main themes of the inquiry and inviting interested parties to submit written evidence. The Committee may also directly invite particular witnesses to submit written or oral evidence.

Depending on the subject, external deadlines, and the amount of oral evidence the Committee decides to take, an inquiry may last for several weeks or even months.

The Committee may then decide to produce a report to the House of Commons, containing recommendations to Government. By convention the Government is required to respond to a report of a Select Committee within two months of its publication. It is not required to adopt the recommendations made by the Committee, but it is normally expected to explain why it will not do so.

Other inquiries may simply consist of a single day's oral evidence which the Committee may publish without making a report.

These pages provide information about the Transport Committee, its past and current work and its form and powers. There are links to the Committee's publications, meetings, Committee Membership, Press Notices and contact details for the Committee.