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November Update: Transport

30 October 2017

Arguably the busiest time of the political year, November sees MPs and peers alike hard at work across a range of policy areas, with legislation and Committee business in full swing, and the return of the traditional Autumn Budget on 22 November.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Theresa May and her party leadership are battling the Brexit stormclouds in a bid to bring reassurance after ominous warnings from business during the party conference season.

Here, Matthew Bentley, DeHavilland's Senior Monitoring Consultant for Transport policy, gives you the lowdown on what to watch out for this November.

What's on the agenda this month

by Matthew Bentley, Senior Monitoring Consultant

Chancellor Philip Hammond will present the Autumn Budget on 22 November. The Chancellor is expected to announce funding for a number of Transport projects across the country,  but will also face pressure to make new announcements on big infrastructure projects such as Crossrail 2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail.

The Transport Committee is expected to hear evidence this month on a number of inquiries, including a special joint inquiry with three other committee on air quality. Meanwhile, following the Government’s launch of a consultation on the expansion of Heathrow Airport, it is likely that the Transport Committee will launch an inquiry into the Government’s proposals this month.

November will see a number of relatively uncontroversial Bills make their through Parliament. MPs will consider the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill at Committee Stage while the Air Travel Organisers' Licensing Bill and Space Industry Bill are expected to be introduced to the Commons after their passage through the House of Lords.

All of these Bills will however be overshadowed in November by the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, which is expected to be debated by MPs at Committee Stage for the first time.

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Matthew Bentley, Senior Monitoring Consultant
Matthew Bentley
Senior Monitoring Consultant

Reflecting the significance of infrastructure across DeHavilland's client portfolio, Matthew Bentley provides monitoring and research for the transport, construction and housing sectors. Matthew graduated from the University of Leicester with a BA in History and Politics.