Department for Transport: Families

Department for Transport written question – answered on 21st December 2017.

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Photo of Fiona Bruce Fiona Bruce Conservative, Congleton

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, to which legislation his Department has applied the Family Test, published in August 2014.

Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The Government has allocated more than £61bn in transport capital investment over the five years to 2020/21. This is record investment to make the network more reliable and better connected, in recognition of the fact that families and businesses rely on that network every day.

While we take forward a number of policies that play a role in strengthening family life, including our £1.2bn cycling and walking investment plan, extension of the young person’s railcard and introduction of more flexible rail season tickets, it is rare for specific transport legislation to have a significant impact at the level of the family. As such the Department is not aware of instances when the specific Family Test has been applied to transport legislation since 2014, over and above the usual impact assessment process which considers a wide range of impacts.

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