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)


Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

18 Sep 2020, 9:35 a.m.
From today new COVID-19 secure regulations are coming in to law for hospitality, close contact services, leisure businesses & more. You need to comply with these or face a possible fine of £1000 up to £4000. Find out what guidance you need to follow: https://t.co/v3qBeqw73k https://t.co/QKkXY77JYX - Link
18 Sep 2020, 7 a.m.
Keep the cold out this winter with a government voucher to install 🏠 insulation 🔥 heat pumps ☀️ solar thermal 🖼 double glazing replacing single 🚪 efficient doors 🎛 thermostats Check your eligibility before 30 September 👉 https://t.co/Kv3mw5eDpo #WarmHomesWeek https://t.co/iOD70NRM1F - 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
Sep. 14 Adjournment Debate UK Steel Industry
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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 10 Aug 2020, 10:50 a.m.
A Bill to make provision relating to the promotion of economic recovery and growth.
United Kingdom Internal Market Bill 2019-21 Committee stage: House of Commons Committee stage: House of Commons

21 Sep 2020

17 Sep 2020, 9:30 p.m.
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.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - Draft Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title
Published
17 Sep 2020, 1:28 p.m.
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy The Electricity (Risk-Preparedness) (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
These Regulations are made in exercise of the powers in section 8(1) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (c. 16) in order to address failures of retained EU law to operate effectively and other deficiencies (in particular under section 8(2)(a) to (d) and (g) of that Act) arising from the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.
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

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, 4 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, 5 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, 9 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
18 Sep 2020, 7:44 a.m. Sellafield Caroline Lucas

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the incident reported at Sellafield on 14 August 2020 that involved Sellafield Ltd management calling in experts from Explosive Ordinance Disposal to stabilise toxic chemicals discovered inappropriately stored near the Magnox reprocessing line; what danger was posed to the (a) licensed nuclear site workforce and (b) community near to Sellafield outside the security fence; and what steps he is taking to ensure that Sellafield Ltd improves the safety of the on-site management of toxic and potentially explosive chemicals as a consequence of that incident.

Answer (Nadhim Zahawi)

As part of routine inspection of chemicals being stored inside a dedicated store (within the Magnox Reprocessing Facility) at Sellafield, a chemical was found to have changed in appearance. The UK’s independent regulator, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), were in regular contact with the site as they managed this incident and safely disposed of the materials, in accordance with their established procedures.

At no point were workers at the site, or the community near to Sellafield, at any risk as a result of this material or the manner in which it was disposed of. The Magnox Reprocessing Facility was evacuated as a precaution during disposal.

The ONR were content with Sellafield Ltd’s actions in response and will continue to monitor progress with arrangements for managing waste chemicals across the site, including inspecting the operator’s plans for their disposal or safe storage.

The ONR’s inspectors are following up on this incident and will determine if further regulatory action is required.

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