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)

12 Apr 2021, 7 a.m.
From today, non-essential shops, pubs, restaurants and personal care services such as hair and beauty salons can open in England. Make sure you follow #WorkingSafely guidance to help keep staff and customers safe: https://t.co/4Odvqm3T9r - Link
9 Apr 2021, 8 a.m.
We have invested over £15 million to develop some of the UK's largest heat networks in: 📍 Swaffham Prior 📍 Bexley This funding will support ground-breaking projects and supply low carbon heat to thousands of homes. Find out how they work👇 #TogetherForOurPlanet https://t.co/TD50yeZeLD - 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.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Date Type Title
Mar. 23 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Apr. 13 Urgent Questions Greensill Capital
Apr. 13 Written Statements Covid-19 Vaccine: Moderna
Mar. 17 Westminster Hall Research and Development Funding
Apr. 15 Adjournment Debate English Language Sector
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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 - Lords
Tuesday 16th March 2021
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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
15 Apr 2021
In Force
6 May 2021
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Supervision of Accounts and Reports (Prescribed Body) and Companies (Defective Accounts and Reports) (Authorised Person) Order 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
This Order appoints and authorises the Financial Reporting Council Limited (“the FRC”) for certain purposes under the Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Act 2004 (“the 2004 Act”) and the Companies Act 2006 (“the 2006 Act”). It also applies an exemption of liability to the FRC under s18A of the 2004 Act. The Order applies to the whole of the United Kingdom.
Laid
24 Mar 2021
In Force
26 Mar 2021
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (Coronavirus) (Extension of the Relevant Period) Regulations 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made affirmative procedure
These Regulations extend the period within which liability is suspended under wrongful trading provisions in the Insolvency Act 1986 (c. 45) (“IA”) (referred to as “the relevant period”); and extend the period within which certain temporary provisions in the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (c. 12) (“CIGA”) (referred to as “the relevant period”) are to have effect.
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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, 11 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.

305,579
Petition Closed

Ban fireworks for general sale to the public.

Gov Responded - 5 Nov 2019 Debated on - 2 Nov 2020
18 Apr 2020
closed 12 months ago

Every year more and more people, animals and wildlife get hurt by fireworks. It’s time something was fine to stop this. There are enough organised firework groups around for us to still enjoy fireworks safely so please help me stop the needless sale of them to the public!

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 5 months, 4 weeks 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.

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Departmental Select Committee

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee

Commons 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.

Select Committee findings are reported to the Commons, printed, and published on the Parliament website. The government then usually has 60 days to reply to the committee's recommendations.


11 Members of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee
Alan Brown Portrait
Alan Brown (Scottish National Party - Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Richard Fuller Portrait
Richard Fuller (Conservative - North East Bedfordshire)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Nusrat Ghani Portrait
Nusrat Ghani (Conservative - Wealden)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Mark Jenkinson Portrait
Mark Jenkinson (Conservative - Workington)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Mark Pawsey Portrait
Mark Pawsey (Conservative - Rugby)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Alexander Stafford Portrait
Alexander Stafford (Conservative - Rother Valley)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Paul Howell Portrait
Paul Howell (Conservative - Sedgefield)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Member since 9 Mar 2020
Darren Jones Portrait
Darren Jones (Labour - Bristol North West)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Member since 6 May 2020
Judith Cummins Portrait
Judith Cummins (Labour - Bradford South)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Member since 11 May 2020
Charlotte Nichols Portrait
Charlotte Nichols (Labour - Warrington North)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Member since 11 May 2020
Sarah Owen Portrait
Sarah Owen (Labour - Luton North)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Member since 22 Feb 2021
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee: Upcoming Events
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee - Oral evidence
<i>At 10.30am: Oral evidence</i><br/>Naomi Baker - Policy Officer at Energy Saving Trust<br/>Emma Harvey - Programme Director at Coalition for the Energy Efficiency of Buildings<br/>Mark Barrett - Professor of Energy and Environmental Modelling at University College London<br/>Juliet Phillips - Senior Policy Advisor at E3G<br/>
20 Apr 2021, 9:45 a.m.
Decarbonising heat in homes
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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
15 Apr 2021, midnight Consumer Goods: Electrical Safety Gavin Robinson (Democratic Unionist Party - Belfast East)

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to take steps to help prevent the sale of white goods that have been recalled by the manufacturer on online marketplaces.

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

The Government is committed to ensuring that only safe consumer products can be sold in the UK, including through online marketplaces. Product safety legislation places obligations on distributors to act with due care to ensure products they are selling are safe and this includes online retailers selling goods via marketplaces.

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) continues to engage with major online marketplaces to ensure that they are playing their part in protecting UK consumers from unsafe products. This includes developing a new voluntary commitment for online marketplaces to agree actions they will take to reduce the risks from unsafe products, including white goods subject to recall, being sold online, enabling them to publicly demonstrate their commitment to the safety of their consumers in the UK.

In order to ensure that the UK’s Product Safety framework is flexible and fit for the future, the OPSS is conducting a review. The review will ensure we have a framework that delivers safety for consumers while supporting businesses to innovate and grow and will consider the impact on product safety of non-traditional business models, including third-party sales conducted via online marketplaces.

The OPSS is currently running a Call for Evidence that is open until 3 June to ensure a wide range of views and evidence are gathered: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/uk-product-safety-review-call-for-evidence.

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