Robert Courts

Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Conservative MP for Witney


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Robert Courts’s voting in Parliament

Robert Courts is a Conservative MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Conservative MPs.

However, Robert Courts sometimes differs from their party colleagues, such as:

We have lots more plain English analysis of Robert Courts’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Robert Courts’s full vote analysis page for more.

Robert Courts has hardly ever rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Recent appearances

  • Written Answers — Department for Transport: Heathrow Airport: Security 28 Sep 2021

    The Department for Transport keeps security at airports under constant review and is in regular contact with airports and manufacturers. Purchasing equipment however remains the decision of airports. Any equipment in use must meet the security standards set by the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) and be approved for use by the Department for Transport. Approved equipment can be found...
  • Written Answers — Department for Transport: Heathrow Airport: Security 28 Sep 2021

    Supervisors must have received appropriate training in the use of security equipment. Supervisors have to complete relevant training as outlined in the training syllabi that can be found on the CAA website at Syllabuses/. We do not provide details of the specific training for security reasons.
  • Written Answers — Department for Transport: Heathrow Airport: Security 28 Sep 2021

    The Secretary of State for Transport is responsible for setting the security measures that should be applied in the UK. The Department for Transport advises the industry on equipment that may be used for screening at an airport. This is set out in the DfT Approved Equipment List screening-approved-equipment-list . All such equipment...

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Conservative MP for Witney

Entered the House of Commons on 20 October 2016 — Byelection

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Topics of interest

  • Ministry of Defence
  • Department for Transport
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Department for Communities and Local Government
  • Treasury
  • Military Aircraft: Sales
  • Air Space
  • Business: Government Assistance
  • Antidepressants
  • Planning Permission: Fines

Currently held offices

  • Member, Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill [Lords] Committee (since 4 Feb 2021)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport) (since 8 Sep 2020)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, International Trade Committee (2 Mar 2020 to 9 Nov 2020)
  • Member, Justice Committee (21 Jan 2019 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Member, Transport Committee (5 Nov 2018 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Member, Backbench Business Committee (16 Oct 2017 to 19 Mar 2018)
  • Member, Backbench Business Committee (30 Jan 2017 to 3 May 2017)

Previous MPs in this constituency

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 4 Oct 2021.

1. Employment and earnings
Payments received for my work at the bar of England and Wales, all done before my election. All earnings in this capacity were received subject to deductions for the costs of my chambers:
5 November 2020, received £1,000 plus VAT from Coles Miller LLP, 44/46 Parkstone Road, Poole BH15 2PG. (Registered 06 November 2020)
2 March 2021, received £1,250 plus VAT from Coles Miller LLP, 44/46 Parkstone Road, Poole BH15 2PG. (Registered 02 March 2021)
8. Miscellaneous
Member of the Bar of England and Wales, not currently practising. (Registered 18 November 2016)
From 12 February 2020, Chair of the Commons and Lords RAF Association. (Registered 09 March 2020)

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