To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff in (a) his Department, (b) other Government departments, (c) executive agencies and (d) external bodies have worked on (i) aviation, (ii) roads, (ii) rail and (iv) maritime issues arising from the UK’s departure from the European Union since July 2016.
Since the UK EU membership referendum in 2016, the Department for Transport has been proactively engaged in an ongoing process to assess its resourcing needs and to ensure it has sufficient capability to successfully deliver EU Exit. Within the Department, the International and Regulatory Reform Directorate lead on providing advice to Ministers on EU Exit and exit-related transport issues, while other members of staff, who principally lead on different departmental priorities, also deliver advice and analysis as required. Given the diverse interactions between EU Exit work and other priorities and the continuous review of business resourcing needs, it is difficult to define, segregate, or break-down total EU Exit resource in the Department and its executive agencies.
However, as detailed in the National Audit Office’s recent report “Implementing the UK’s Exit from the European Union: Department for Transport”, published on 19th July 2018, at present, the central Department has 84 full-time equivalent staff who work solely on EU Exit and are in the process of recruiting 52.5 more staff to provide further support.
The Department works closely with other Government departments to ensure a coordinated EU Exit. However, unfortunately, the Department does not hold information on the EU Exit resourcing of other Government departments or external bodies regarding transport related EU Exit work.