The minister is responsible for:
- corporate issues for the department
- international transport
- transport legislation in the Lords
- transport security
Current role holder: Lord Callanan
Lord Callanan was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Transport on 14 June 2017.
He was educated at Newcastle Polytechnic where he gained a Bachelor of Science degree (BSc) in electrical and electronic engineering.
Callanan was a Conservative Councillor on Tyne and Wear County Council between 1983 and 1986 and Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council between 1987 and 1996.
He was a Member of the European Parliament for the North East England constituency from 1999, re-elected in 2004 and 2009.
He became the leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists group from 2011-2014.
Callanan was created a Life Peer on 24 September 2014 taking the title Baron Callanan, of Low Fell in the County of Tyne and Wear.
Career outside politics
He worked as a project engineer at Scottish and Newcastle breweries from 1986 to 1998