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 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)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Paul Scully MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

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 (Plaid Cymru)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Sarah Olney (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Drew Hendry (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Rebecca Long Bailey (Labour)
Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Liz Saville Roberts (Plaid Cymru)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Shadow Ministers
Barry Gardiner (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Climate Change)
Dr Alan Whitehead (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Climate Change)
Bill Esterson (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Chi Onwurah (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)
Gill Furniss (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Steel, Postal Affairs and Consumer Protection)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

2 Apr 2020, 9:17 a.m.
@hibiscuits1 @CPAGUK @CitizensAdvice @The_TUC Employers can claim for 80% of furloughed employees’ usual monthly wage cost. So, employees that are on NMW and furloughed will get 80% of their wages based on 2019/20 NMW rates. Employers can top this up if they wish. https://t.co/ysXf2XUsXa - Link
2 Apr 2020, 9:16 a.m.
A full range of business support measures have been made available to help UK businesses and employees Find out more here 👉 https://t.co/ihACkgCSQF https://t.co/14R2mhjnG5 - 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. 03 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Mar. 03 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Jun. 17 Urgent Questions Recall of Tumble Dryers
Mar. 24 Written Statements Departmental Contingency Liability: Coronavirus Interruption Loan Scheme
Mar. 10 Westminster Hall Post Office Network
Mar. 16 Adjournment Debate Cavity Wall Insulation: Complaints
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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 11 months, 1 week 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, 12 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, 4 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.


Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Publications

Most Recent Publications
Date Title Type
Apr. 02 Calculating the minimum wage Guidance and Regulation
Apr. 01 COP26 postponement News and Communications
Apr. 01 Business Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 1 April 2020 News and Communications
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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
2 Apr 2020, 10:26 a.m. Service Industries and Utilities: Coronavirus Baroness Sanderson of Welton

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with utility companies about any support those companies could offer the hospitality industry as a result of the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Answer (Lord Callanan)

Government is liaising closely with energy suppliers and relevant trade bodies about support to all of their customers, and in particular vulnerable customers, during this period. Businesses in the hospitality sector that have concerns about being able to pay their utility bills should speak to their energy supplier about payment terms.

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