Transport Select Committee - Transport Secretary

Grant Shapps, our new Secretary of State for Transport, appeared before our committee to discuss his priorities. I asked him if the department was really able to deliver on reform as well as deal with the events which arise. I used the airline insolvency review as an example. After Monarch collapsed, I asked the last Transport Secretary to bring forward legislation which would ensure that airlines in difficulty received the same protection as those in America, Germany and Italy. This would allow the airlines to orderly bring home their customers and potentially restructure. I was assured this would be considered. Two years on, Thomas Cook collapsed, leaving, yet again, the Government and taxpayer to repatriate and foot the bill. I am delighted that the Transport Secretary has committed to legislation which is listed in the Queen’s Speech. For the full extent of our exchange, which also includes rail reform, please view the footage above.