Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Robert Courts MP


Robert Courts was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport on 8 September 2020. He was elected as the Member of Parliament for Witney and West Oxfordshire in October 2016.

Political career

Robert was previously Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Secretary of State for Transport, having served as a PPS in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs prior to that. He served on the International Trade Select Committee before becoming a minister, having previously been a member of the Transport, Justice and Backbench Business Committees.

Career outside politics

Before his election to Parliament, Robert was a self-employed barrister. His practice focused primarily on personal injury and clinical negligence. He also served as a district councillor.


Robert read law at the University of Sheffield.

Personal life

Robert is married with 2 children.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

The Minister is responsible for:

  • aviation
  • maritime
  • security and civil contingencies

More about this role

Department for Transport