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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)[3] is a department of the government of the United Kingdom, which was created by Theresa May on 14 July 2016 following her appointment as Prime Minister, through a merger between the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).[4]

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
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1, Victoria Street, London
Department overview
Formed14 July 2016
Preceding agencies
JurisdictionUnited Kingdom
Headquarters1, Victoria Street, London[1]
Annual budget£13.8 billion (current) in 2016–17 [2]
Ministers responsible
Department executive
Child agencies

BEIS brought together responsibility for business, industrial strategy, and science and innovation with energy and climate change policy, merging the functions of the former BIS and DECC.[5]



The Ministers in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy are as follows:[6]

Minister Rank Portfolio
The Rt Hon. Greg Clark MP Secretary of State In overall charge of and responsible for the work of the department
The Rt Hon. Claire Perry MP Minister of State for Energy & Clean Growth Industrial strategy, carbon budgets, international climate change, climate science and innovation, green finance, energy efficiency and heat, low carbon generation, energy retail markets, smart meters and smart systems, oil and gas, security of supply, electricity and gas wholesale markets and networks, international energy, and energy security
Chris Skidmore MP Minister of State for Universities, Research, Science & Innovation Joint minister with Department for Education, industrial strategy, science and research, innovation, intellectual property, agri-tech, space, and technology
Kelly Tolhurst MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Small Business, Consumers & Corporate Responsibility Industrial strategy, small business and enterprise, consumer and competition, labour markets, postal affairs, corporate governance, insolvency, and the retail sector
Andrew Stephenson MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Industry & Energy Industrial strategy, industrial strategy delivery, sector deals, aerospace, advanced manufacturing, materials, automotive, nuclear, infrastructure and construction, professional services, rail supply chain, defence, maritime, pub codes policy, and supply chains
Jake Berry MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth Northern Powerhouse, mayors and devolution, local growth – policy and initiatives, place-based initiatives, Local Enterprise Partnership policy, inward investment and infrastructure, European Regional Development Fund and UK Shared Prosperity Fund, resilience and emergencies, community rights
The Rt Hon. The Lord Henley Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy & Intellectual Property Industrial strategy, Lords lead on all BEIS issues, EU single market on-going business, better regulation and regulatory reform, land registry, ordnance survey, companies house, life sciences, EU structural funds, local growth, local industrial strategies, the Northern Powerhouse, the Midlands Engine, and the shared prosperity fund

In October 2016, Archie Norman was appointed as Lead Non Executive Board Member for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.[7]


The department is responsible for government policy in the following areas:

Some policies apply to England alone due to devolution, while others are not devolved and therefore apply to other nations of the United Kingdom.


Some economic policies are devolved but many aspects of several important policy areas are reserved to Westminster. Reserved and excepted matters are outlined below.


Reserved matters:[8]

The Economy Directorate of the Scottish Government handles devolved economic policy.

Northern Ireland

Reserved matters:[9]

Excepted matter:[10][11]

The department's main counterpart is:[12]


  1. ^ "New Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy swallows up DECC and BIS — full details and reaction - Civil Service World".
  2. ^ Budget 2011 (PDF). London: HM Treasury. 2011. p. 48. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
  3. ^ "Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy". Government Digital Service. 16 February 2019. Archived from the original on 16 February 2019. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Machinery of Government Changes:Written statement - HCWS94". Hansard. Hansard. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy - GOV.UK". GOV.UK. 24 June 2019. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Business Secretary appoints Archie Norman as Lead Non-Executive Board Member". 3 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Scotland Act 1998, Schedule 5, Part II". Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  9. ^ "Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 3". 25 June 1998. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  10. ^ "Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 2". 25 June 1998. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  11. ^ Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 3
  12. ^ "Departments (Transfer and Assignment of Functions) Order (Northern Ireland) 1999". 5 October 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012.