Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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Secretary of State

Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Ministers of State
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Paul Scully MP
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 MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
Lord Grantchester (Labour)
Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Sarah Olney (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Edward Miliband (Labour)
Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Lord Fox (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Drew Hendry (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Liz Saville Roberts (Plaid Cymru)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Shadow Ministers
Dr Alan Whitehead (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Climate Change)
Chi Onwurah (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Matthew Pennycook (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Lucy Powell (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Dr Alan Whitehead (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Labour)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

4 Aug 2020, 2:02 p.m.
Super energy-saving ovens could cut the same CO2 a year as having 110m fewer lights 💡 We're exploring how UK energy performance standards for products in homes & businesses can support our transition to #netzero. Have your say: https://t.co/5z9gdaSIND #TacklingClimateChange https://t.co/jtpYD9huCc - Link
4 Aug 2020, 10 a.m.
Wales sells more to the rest of the UK than to the rest of the world put together. Trade within the UK's internal market supports business and jobs throughout the UK. Find out how proposed legislation will protect this trade and protect the economy: https://t.co/LIjaYOica0 https://t.co/Wlr7WxM2EL - 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
Jul. 21 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jun. 10 Urgent Questions Horizon: Sub-Postmaster Convictions
Mar. 10 Westminster Hall Post Office Network
Jun. 25 Adjournment Debate De La Rue: Gateshead
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - Bills and Acts in the Current Session

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 25 June, 2020 22 Jul 2020, 3:45 p.m.
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.
Business and Planning Act 2020 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 22 July, 2020 27 Jul 2020, 11:58 a.m.
A Bill to make provision relating to the promotion of economic recovery and growth.

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
31 Jul 2020
In Force
3 Oct 2020
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Electricity (Individual Exemptions from the Requirement for a Transmission Licence) (Coronavirus) Order 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
This Order grants exemptions from the requirement to hold an electricity transmission licence.
Laid
24 Jul 2020
In Force
Not stated
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Online Intermediation Services for Business Users (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations are made in exercise of the powers conferred by section 8(1) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, in order to address failures of retained EU law to operate effectively as a result of withdrawal of the UK from the European Union (and in particular the deficiencies under paragraphs (a), (b), (d) and (g) of section 8(2) of that Act).
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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, 3 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.

113,284
Petition Closed

Change the laws governing the use of fireworks to include a ban on public use

Gov Responded - 27 Oct 2017 Debated on - 29 Jan 2018
6 Apr 2018
closed 2 years, 4 months ago

Fireworks cause alarm, distress and anxiety to many people and animals. We call on the Secretary of State to make appropriate provision to secure that the risk of public use is the MINIMUM that is compatible with fireworks being used, as stated in Fireworks Act 2003 sect 2.

52,451
Petition Closed

Public Holiday on Muslims religious occasions in the UK(Eid ul Fitr&Eid ul Adha)

Gov Responded - 26 Jun 2018 Debated on - 29 Oct 2018
29 Nov 2018
closed 1 year, 8 months ago

Public Holiday on Muslims special two religious occasions in a year: 1. Eid ul-Fitr and 2. Eid ul-Adha. This will give an opportunity for Muslim families to get together and share happiness with other religious communities. It is very important for Muslims to celebrate EID.

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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
3 Aug 2020, 4:40 p.m. Small Business Commissioner Lord Mendelsohn

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 26 February (HL1663), what progress they have made on the measures announced in June 2019 to strengthen the role of the Small Business Commissioner.

Answer (Lord Callanan)

The Government is fully committed on fulfilling its manifesto commitment to strengthen the powers of the Small Business Commissioner. We still plan to consult on extending those powers, to allow the Commissioner to advocate for and support small businesses, as soon as we are able to do so.

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