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

Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom 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)
Rt Hon Chris Skidmore MP
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Education)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Kelly Tolhurst MP
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
Jonathan Edwards MP (Plaid Cymru)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
(Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Drew Hendry MP (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Rebecca Long Bailey MP (Labour)
Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Rt Hon Liz Saville Roberts MP (Plaid Cymru)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Shadow Ministers
Barry Gardiner MP (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Climate Change)
Dr Alan Whitehead MP (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Climate Change)
Bill Esterson MP (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Chi Onwurah MP (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)
Gill Furniss MP (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Steel, Postal Affairs and Consumer Protection)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

28 Jan 2020, 11:41 a.m.
Energy Minister @KwasiKwarteng responds to today's @nationalgriduk report: "As we work to reduce our emissions to net zero by 2050, the UK has the potential to support 2m green-collar jobs across our world-class renewables sector, among other industries.” https://t.co/kNsNts9RS2 - Link
28 Jan 2020, 8:02 a.m.
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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
Jan. 21 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jan. 21 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Jun. 17 Urgent Questions Recall of Tumble Dryers
Jan. 23 Written Statements Offshore Wind Projects
Jan. 28 Westminster Hall UKAEA Public Service Pension Scheme
Jun. 24 Adjournment Debate Smart Cities
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Legislation

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Act 2018 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceddings) 19 July, 2018 7 Sep 2018, 1:19 p.m.
A Bill to make provision for the imposition of a cap on rates charged to domestic customers for the supply of gas and electricity; and for connected purposes.
European Union (Approvals) Act 2017 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 7 December, 2017 15 Dec 2017, 3:49 p.m.
To make provision approving for the purposes of section 8 of the European Union Act 2011 draft decisions under Article 352 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union on the participation of the Republic of Albania and the Republic of Serbia in the work of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights and on the signing and conclusion of an agreement between the European Union and Canada regarding the application of their competition laws.
Smart Meters Act 2018 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 23 May, 2018 26 Sep 2019, 3:55 p.m.
A Bill to extend the period for the Secretary of State to exercise powers relating to smart metering and to provide for a special administration regime for a smart meter communication licensee.
Nuclear Safeguards Act 2018 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 26 June, 2018 27 Jun 2018, 10:26 a.m.
A Bill To make provision about nuclear safeguards; and for connected purposes.

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 9 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 1 year, 9 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, 2 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 Publications


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
28 Jan 2020, 3:44 p.m. National Federation of SubPostmasters: Expenditure Mr Kevan Jones

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much has been spent from the public purse on supporting the National Federation of Sub-Postmasters in the last 10 years.

Answer (Kelly Tolhurst)

Postmasters are the backbone of the Post Office network and it is clearly vital they have a body that represents their interests.

Since 2015 National Federation of Sub-Postmasters have been funded by a grant provided by Post Office. This equates to £1.5 million per annum for its annual operations and £1 million per annum for specific projects established to support postmasters. The annual grant is paid on a quarterly basis. Individual project grants will be paid in line with the requirements of the specific projects. Any grant funding to the NFSP is paid from POL's own commercial revenues.

Prior to the Grant Agreement in 2015, NFSP received an annual payment of £175k from the Post Office along with occasional payments for specific projects. The rest of NSFP’s funding came from members’ subscription payments.

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