Pupils: Railways

Department for Education written question – answered on 6th July 2022.

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Photo of Baroness Taylor of Bolton Baroness Taylor of Bolton Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what meetings were held between the Secretary of State for Education and the Secretary of State for Transport between 15 September 2021 and 20 June 2022 in which the issue of children travelling to school by train was raised.

Photo of Baroness Taylor of Bolton Baroness Taylor of Bolton Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government on which dates theĀ Secretary of State for Education met the Secretary of State for Transport to discuss travel contingencies for students travelling by rail to (1) school, (2) college, or (3) university, during periods of disruption to rail services.

Photo of Baroness Barran Baroness Barran The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

My right hon. Friend, the former Secretary of State for Education, did not formally meet in a one to one format with my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Transport, between 15 September 2021 and 20 June 2022.

Ministers and officials in the department regularly attend meetings alongside other government departments, including the Department for Transport, and have done so in the lead up to the strike action. These meetings have been to prepare for the industrial action, highlighting risks and contingencies for our sectors. Daily meetings are taking place, both at an official and ministerial level, to monitor how the rail disruption may be impacting pupils and students.

The department will continue to closely monitor the impact of the rail strikes.

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