Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

We are building an economy that works for everyone, so that there are great places in every part of the UK for people to work and for businesses to invest, innovate and grow.


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Secretary of State

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Ministers of State
Anne-Marie Trevelyan - Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)
Lord Grimstone of Boscobel - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Paul Scully - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Amanda Solloway - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Lord Callanan - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Nadhim Zahawi - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)


Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

15 Jan 2021, 7:28 p.m.
A new partnership between @MarsUK and DHL will: ✅ reduce Mars UK’s outbound carbon logistics footprint by 7.7% ✅ create 550 jobs in the East Midlands #NetZero #BuildBackBetter 🛣️ 🌳 https://t.co/pnJoYI93un - Link
15 Jan 2021, 6:41 p.m.
The UK's workers' rights are some of the best in the world. Our high standards were never dependent on our membership of the EU, and it is well known that the UK goes further in many areas. Going forward, we want to protect and expand on these rights as we #BuildBackBetter https://t.co/VTvDIxeQBL - Link
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.


Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - Bills and Acts in the Current Session


To make provision in connection with the internal market for goods and services in the United Kingdom (including provision about the recognition of professional and other qualifications); to make provision in connection with provisions of the Northern Ireland Protocol relating to trade and state aid; to authorise the provision of financial assistance by Ministers of the Crown in connection with economic development, infrastructure, culture, sport and educational or training activities and exchanges; to make regulation of the provision of distortive or harmful subsidies a reserved or excepted matter; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 17th December 2020 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to make provision about companies and other entities in financial difficulty; and to make temporary changes to the law relating to the governance and regulation of companies and other entities.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 25th June 2020 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to make provision relating to the promotion of economic recovery and growth.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Wednesday 22nd July 2020 and was enacted into law.


To make provision for the making of orders in connection with national security risks arising from the acquisition of control over certain types of entities and assets; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - Committee Debate: 12th sitting: House of Commons
Thursday 10th December 2020
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Next Event - Report stage: House of Commons
Wednesday 20th January 2021

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - Draft Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title
Published
16 Mar 2020, 5:55 p.m.
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy The Weights and Measures Act 1985 (Definitions of “Metre” and “Kilogram”) (Amendment) Order 2020
This Order amends the Weights and Measures Act 1985 (“the Act”). It partly implements Commission Directive 2019/1258 amending, for the purpose of its adaptation to technical progress, the Annex to Council Directive 80/181/EEC as regards the definitions of SI base units (OJ L 196, 24.7.2019, p. 6). Other aspects of the Commission Directive are implemented in the Weights and Measures Act 1985 (Amendment) and Units of Measurement Regulations 1986 (Amendment) Regulations 2019 (S.I. 2019/1211). The amendments in the Commission Directive update European law to reflect certain new definitions of expressions of measurement and indications of quantity of the International System of Units (SI) adopted by the General Conference on Weights and Measures at its 26th meeting which took place from 13th to 16th November 2018 (see The International System of Units (9th edition (2019)) edited by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures, Pavillon de Breteuil, F-92312 Sèvres Cedex France, ISBN 978-92-822-2272-0). The amendments do not alter the value of those units of measurement, but substitute new definitions expressed in terms of natural constants.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
Laid
18 Dec 2020
In Force
11 Jan 2021
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Competition Act 1998 (Groceries) (Public Policy Exclusion) Order 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
This Order excludes from the Chapter I prohibition in the Competition Act 1998 agreements between groceries chain suppliers which prevent or mitigate disruption to the supply of groceries to consumers in the United Kingdom during the groceries supply disruption period. The Chapter I prohibition precludes agreements between undertakings, decisions by associations of undertakings or concerted practices which may affect trade within the United Kingdom and which have as their object or effect the prevention, restriction or distortion of competition within the United Kingdom. Where there are exceptional and compelling reasons of public policy for doing so, the Secretary of State may exclude an agreement or an agreement of a particular description from the Chapter I prohibition.
Laid
10 Dec 2020
In Force
Not stated
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Product Safety (Toys and Cosmetics) and Metrology (Measuring and Non-automatic Weighing Instruments) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations amends two sets of Regulations: the Product Safety and Metrology etc. (Amendment etc.) (UK(NI) Indication) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (S.I. 2020/1460) (“the first instrument”) and the Product Safety and Metrology etc. (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (S.I. 2020/1112) (“the second instrument”).
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Petitions addressed by Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
307,897
Petition Closed

Ban the sale of fireworks to the public. Displays for licenced venues only.

Gov Responded - 21 Nov 2018 Debated on - 26 Nov 2018
30 Apr 2019
closed 1 year, 8 months ago

Every year fireworks are set off unnecessarily.
Fireworks are a nuisance to the public. They scare animals, young children and people with a phobia.
They injure thousands of people every year.
They cause damage to buildings, vehicles,emergancy vehicles etc.
Lastly Kids are STILL being sold them.

238,884
Petition Closed

Extend maternity leave by 3 months with pay in light of COVID-19

Gov Responded - 14 May 2020 Debated on - 5 Oct 2020
20 Oct 2020
closed 3 months ago

In light of the recent outbreak and lock down, those on maternity leave should be given 3 extra months paid leave, at least. This time is for bonding and social engaging with other parents and babies through baby groups which are vital for development and now everything has been cancelled.

208,185
c. 1,788 added daily
347,513
(Estimated)

Create a Minister for Hospitality in the UK Government

Sign this petition Gov Responded - 3 Nov 2020 Debated on - 11 Jan 2021
6 Apr 2021
closes in 2 months, 2 weeks

The UK hospitality industry. Responsible for around 3m jobs, generating £130bn in activity, resulting in £38bn in taxation. Yet, unlike the Arts or Sports, we do not have a dedicated Minister.

We are asking that a Minister for Hospitality be created for the current, and successive governments.

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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee Home Page

Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.

At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries, and the Select Committee will occasionally publish formal reports of their findings.


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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Written Questions

Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.

Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.

Latest Written Question
Date Title Questioner
14 Jan 2021, 4:40 p.m. Lucy Powell (Labour (Co-op) - Manchester Central) Lucy Powell (Labour (Co-op) - Manchester Central)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding each local authority will receive from the £594 million discretionary fund to support businesses affected by the covid-19 outbreak announced by the Chancellor on 5 January 2021.

Answered by Paul Scully - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government has put forward an unprecedented package of support to help businesses which are severely affected by restrictions put in place to tackle Covid-19 and save lives. This package of support includes the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) which was announced in November 2020 to provide discretionary business grants and wider business support in England. An initial £1.1 billion was allocated to Local Authorities under this scheme in November, and a further £500 million of top-up ARG funding was announced at the start of the third lockdown period in January.

This funding is shared between all Local Authorities in England and we are working closely with Local Authorities to ensure that support is delivered to businesses that are in scope as quickly as possible.

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