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UK Transport Department changes

The Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) has now been split into two with transport now in the Department for Transport, Local Government & The Regions (DTLR).

The Rt Hon Stephen Byers becomes the Secretary of State in the Department with John Spellar MP as the new Minister for Transport. He will be supported by David Jamieson MP, who becomes Parliamentary Under Secretary of State with responsibility for railways, roads, road safety, transport in London, Highways Agency and Driver and Vehicle Operators' Agencies, vehicle safety and environment, aviation, shipping and ports, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, freight, European policy and science and technology policy.

Rt Hon Nick Raynsford MP becomes Minister for Local Government and the Regions. Mr Raynsford is the Minister for London. His other responsibilities include electoral law, fire, health and safety.

He will be supported by Dr Alan Whitehead MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for local government, English regions, electoral law, modernising government, corporate responsibilities, regulatory reform, fire and health and safety, QE2 Conference Centre, Fire Service College.

Lord Falconer of Thoroton joins the department as Minister for Housing and Planning, with responsibility for urban policy, regeneration, neighbourhood renewal and Lords' business.

He will be supported by Sally Keeble MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State with responsibility for housing, planning, urban policy, regeneration, neighbourhood renewal, local transport, mobility and inclusion, diversity, DTLR Green Minister, public appointments, Rent Service, Planning Inspectorate and Ordnance Survey.

13 June 2001

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