Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) was created on 14 July 2016 by the merger of the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) and Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). [1]

The department brings together the responsibilities from BIS and DECC, including 'business, industrial strategy, science, innovation, energy, and climate change'. [2]

Background

The creation of BEIS was one of the first acts of Theresa May's premiership following the abolition of DECC. The move caused controversy amongst green campaigners and opposition MPs who condemned it as a 'major setback for UK's climate change efforts'. [3] Policy Exchange conversely argued that BEIS would elevate climate change issues to 'a much higher level politically'. [4]

Shale Gas Team

Frack Off action at BEIS' London offices, Oct 2018, in protest at the government's proposals to relax shale gas planning rules
The Shale Gas team sits within BEIS' Energy Development Unit (EDU). EDU is responsible for encouraging and overseeing energy development in the UK.

Relevant publications

People in BEIS

Civil servants

Ministers

  • Andrea Leadsom MP, secretary of state for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, appointed by Boris Johnson in July 2019
  • Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Minister of State from July 2019
  • Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State from July 2019
  • TBC, Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth from July 2019
  • Oliver Eden, aka Lord Henley, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State
  • Kelly Tolhurst MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility [5]

Former BEIS ministers

  • Jake Berry MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth until July 2019
  • Greg Clark secretary of state for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy until his resignation in July 2019 after Boris Johnson appointed as PM
  • Claire Perry, Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth until July 2019, stepped down after appointment as President of the UK’s COP26 climate talks.
  • Andrew Griffiths, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility until resignation in July 2018 over sexual misconduct allegations
  • Sam Gyimah, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation until he resigned November 2018 over Theresa May's Brexit deal
  • Richard Harrington, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Business and Industry (June 2017-March 2019)
  • Nick Hurd (minister of state for Climate Change and Industry)
  • Margot James parliamentary under secretary of state, minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility to Jan 2018.
  • Jo Johnson (minister of state for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation)
  • Baroness Neville-Rolfe (minister of state for Energy and Intellectual Property)
  • Jesse Norman (parliamentary under secretary of state, minister for Industry and Energy)
  • Chris Skidmore MP, Interim Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth (and Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation) until July 2017, appointed minister for health and social care
  • Andrew Stephenson MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Business and Industry

Contact

3 Whitehall place, London
  • General enquiries 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET | Email: enquiries@beis.gov.uk | Telephone: 020 7215 5000
  • Whitehall office 3 Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2AW
  • Aberdeen office AB1 Building, Crimon Place, Aberdeen, AB10 1BJ
  • Sheffield office 2 St Paul's Place, 125 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 2FJ
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Notes

  1. Ian Johnston, Climate change department closed by Theresa May in 'plain stupid' and 'deeply worrying' move, The Independent, 14 July 2016, accessed 14 September 2016
  2. Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, GOV.uk, accessed 25 October 2016.
  3. Adam Vaughan, Abolition of Decc 'major setback for UK's climate change efforts', The Guardian, 15 July 2016, accessed 25 October 2016.
  4. Richard Howard, Green groups should embrace, not bemoan, the merger of DECC and BIS, Policy Exchange, 15 July 2016, accessed 25 October 2016.
  5. BEIS, last accessed 26 July 2019