Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
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1, Victoria Street, London
Department overview
Formed 14 July 2016
Preceding agencies
Jurisdiction United Kingdom
Headquarters 1, Victoria Street, London[1]
Minister responsible
Child agencies
Website Official website

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)[2] is a government department, which was created by Theresa May on 14 July 2016 following her appointment as Prime Minister, created as a result of a merger between the Department of Energy and Climate Change and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

BEIS will bring 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.[3]


The Ministers in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy are as follows:[4]

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
Sam Gyimah MP Minister of State for Higher Education Joint minister with Department for Education
Richard Harrington MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Industry & Energy Industrial policy, Energy policy
Andrew Griffiths MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Small Business, Consumers & Corporate Responsibility
The Rt Hon. The Lord Henley Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy & Intellectual Property Energy and Intellectual Property, Lords lead on all BEIS issues

In October 2016, Archie Norman was appointed as Lead Non Executive Board Member for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.[5]


The department is responsible for UK 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.


Economic policy is mostly devolved but several important policy areas are reserved to Westminster. Reserved and excepted matters are outlined below.


Reserved matters:[6]

The Scottish Government Economy Directorate handles devolved economic policy.

Northern Ireland

Reserved matters:[7]

Excepted matter:[8] Nuclear energy is excepted.[9]

The department's main counterpart is:[10]

Wales Under the Welsh devolution settlement, specific policy areas are transferred to the Welsh Government rather than reserved to Westminster. [ This is no longer true since the Wales Act 2017 and needs updating]


  1. ^ "New Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy swallows up DECC and BIS — full details and reaction - Civil Service World". 
  2. ^ "Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy". GOV.UK. GOV.UK. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Machinery of Government Changes:Written statement - HCWS94". Hansard. Hansard. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Full list of new ministerial and government appointments: July 2016". GOV.UK. Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Business Secretary appoints Archie Norman as Lead Non-Executive Board Member". 3 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Scotland Act 1998, Schedule 5, Part II". Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  7. ^ "Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 3". 1998-06-25. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  8. ^ "Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 2". 1998-06-25. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  9. ^ Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 3
  10. ^ "Departments (Transfer and Assignment of Functions) Order (Northern Ireland) 1999". 2012-10-05. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
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