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 Chris Skidmore MP
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Education)
Rt Hon Joseph Johnson MP
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Nadhim Zahawi MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Kelly Tolhurst MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

20 Nov 2019, 4:44 p.m.
Today at BEIS we raised the trans+ flag to mark #TransDayofRemembrance 🏳️‍⚧️ The LGBT+ Network, Permanent Secretary Alex Chisholm and friends from @agendergovuk gathered to show their support for trans and intersex staff. https://t.co/Kktm7hAPdF - Link
19 Nov 2019, 7:05 a.m.
Update on proposed acquisition of Cobham by Advent International – consultation launched on draft undertakings: https://t.co/DUDZxPAHHY - 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
Oct. 22 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Oct. 22 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Jun. 17 Urgent Questions Recall of Tumble Dryers
Nov. 04 Written Statements Shale Gas Exploration
Oct. 08 Westminster Hall Government Plan for Net Zero Emissions
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 7 months, 2 weeks 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, 8 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 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
5 Nov 2019, 4:58 p.m. Fracking: North West Lord Truscott

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the environmental impact of Cuadrilla’s latest drilling programme in north west England.

Answer (Lord Duncan of Springbank)

It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before Dissolution. Ministers will correspond directly with the Member.

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