Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Not to be confused with the defunct Department of Energy (United Kingdom).
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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 created by Theresa May on 14 July 2016 following her appointment of 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
Jo Johnson MP Minister of State for Universities and Science, Research & Innovation Joint minister with Department for Education
Nick Hurd MP Minister of State for Climate Change & Industry Climate Change, Industry & Enterprise
The Rt Hon. The Baroness Neville-Rolfe Minister of State for Energy & Intellectual Property Energy and Intellectual Property, Lords lead on all BEIS issues
Margot James MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Small Business, Consumers & Corporate Responsibility
Jesse Norman MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Industry & Energy Industrial policy, Energy policy


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:[5]

The Scottish Government Economy Directorate handles devolved economic policy.

Northern Ireland

Reserved matters:[6]

Excepted matter:[7] Nuclear energy is excepted.[8]

The department's main counterpart is:[9]

Wales Under the Welsh devolution settlement, specific policy areas are transferred to the Welsh Government rather than reserved to Westminster.


  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. "Scotland Act 1998, Schedule 5, Part II". Retrieved 2012-12-04.
  6. "Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 3". 1998-06-25. Retrieved 2012-12-04.
  7. "Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 2". 1998-06-25. Retrieved 2012-12-04.
  8. Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 3
  9. "Departments (Transfer and Assignment of Functions) Order (Northern Ireland) 1999". 2012-10-05. Retrieved 2012-12-04.
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