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.

This is a random selection of Robert Courts’s votes, where they voted similarly to their party.

Last updated: 12 Oct 2020. Learn more about our voting records and what they mean.

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Recent appearances

  • Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Transport: Planning Update 19 Oct 2021

    I have been asked by my Right Honourable Friend, the Secretary of State to make this Written Ministerial Statement. This Statement concerns the application made by North Somerset District Council under the Planning Act 2008 for the construction of a new railway on the trackbed on the former branch line from Bristol to Portishead. Under section 107(1) of the Planning Act 2008, the Secretary...
  • Written Answers — Department for Transport: Travel: Coronavirus 18 Oct 2021

    Department for Transport Ministers and officials have met with their European counterparts throughout this year to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and the safe, sustainable resumption of international travel. These discussions have been productive and we will continue to engage closely as we seek to cautiously balance the reopening of international travel with managing the public health risks.
  • Written Answers — Department for Transport: Airports: Immigration Controls 18 Oct 2021

    From the start of the pandemic, we have taken a robust approach to preventing importation of Covid-19, including from new variants. This has involved the introduction of new border health measures which have at times resulted in longer queues at airport border crossing points. To address this, we have looked to automate and streamline checks at the border. The Passenger Locator Form was...

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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
  • Department for International Trade
  • Military Aircraft: Sales
  • Business: Government Assistance
  • Air Space
  • 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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