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

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. Andrea Leadsom MP Secretary of State Overall responsibility for the department; developing and delivering a comprehensive industrial strategy and leading the government's relationship with business; ensuring that the country has secure energy supplies that are reliable, affordable and clean; ensuring the UK remains at the leading edge of science, research and innovation; tackling climate change.
The Rt Hon. Kwasi Kwarteng MP Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth Carbon budgets; green finance; energy efficiency and heat, including fuel poverty; low carbon generation; energy retail markets; oil and gas, including shale gas; security of supply; electricity and gas wholesale markets and networks; international energy; EU energy and climate; energy security, including resilience and emergency planning.
The Rt Hon. Chris Skidmore MP Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation (jointly with DfE) Science and research; innovation; intellectual property; space; agri-tech; technology.
Kelly Tolhurst MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility Small business and enterprise (including access to finance); consumer and competition (including competition law); labour markets; corporate governance; insolvency; postal affairs; retail sector.
Nadhim Zahawi MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business and Industry Industrial Strategy delivery; Sector Deals; sectoral lead: advanced manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, materials (including steel), life sciences, professional services, nuclear, infrastructure and construction, rail supply chain, defence, maritime; supply chains; national security and investment; local growth; better regulation and regulatory reform.
The Rt Hon. Lord Duncan Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Climate Change Lords lead on all BEIS issues; EU single market on-going business; EU Structural Funds; Land Registry; Ordnance Survey; international climate change (including International Climate Fund); climate science and innovation; clean heat; smart meters and smart systems; BEIS Devolution Champion.

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. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 August 2011. 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. "Machinery of Government Changes:Written statement – HCWS94". Hansard. Hansard. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  5. "Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy – GOV.UK". GOV.UK. 24 June 2019. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  6. "Business Secretary appoints Archie Norman as Lead Non-Executive Board Member". 3 October 2016.
  7. "Scotland Act 1998, Schedule 5, Part II". Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  8. "Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 3". 25 June 1998. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  9. "Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 2". 25 June 1998. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  10. Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 3
  11. "Departments (Transfer and Assignment of Functions) Order (Northern Ireland) 1999". 5 October 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
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