Ministerial role

Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry


Responsibilities include:

  • industrial strategy
  • climate change
    • carbon budgets
    • international climate change, including International Climate Fund
    • climate science and innovation
    • green finance
    • energy efficiency and heat, including fuel poverty
  • industry and enterprise
    • advanced manufacturing
    • materials
    • automotive

Current role holder: Claire Perry MP

Claire Perry was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 12 June 2017. She was elected Conservative MP for Devizes in 2010.


Claire was educated at Nailsea Comprehensive School, Oxford University, and Harvard Business School where she received a MBA.

Political career

In 2007 Claire worked an adviser to George Osborne before being elected as the MP for the Devizes constituency in central Wiltshire in May 2010. Highlights of her political career include:

  • member of the Justice Select Committee from 2010 to 2011
  • Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Defence, from 2011 to 2013
  • Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on preventing the sexualisation and commercialisation of children
  • Government Whip in 2013 and in 2014
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport from 2014 to 2016

Career outside politics

Claire worked for Bank of America, McKinsey and Company, and Credit Suisse before starting her own small business offering online financial advice to women.

Personal life

Claire has 3 children.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Nick Hurd MP

    • 2016 to 2017


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  1. Speech to the Conference of Parties (COP) 23

    • Speech
  2. Climate Change Minister Claire Perry launches Powering Past Coal Alliance at COP23

    • Press release
  3. Funding for £84 million for artificial intelligence and robotics research and smart energy innovation announced

    • Press release
  4. Launch of the Clean Growth Strategy

    • Speech
  5. Government reaffirms commitment to lead the world in cost-effective clean growth

    • Press release
  6. The Clean Growth Strategy

    • Statement to Parliament
  7. Lord Deben and Paul Johnson reappointed to Committee on Climate Change

    • Press release
  8. Subsidy free solar comes to the UK

    • News story
  9. Minister Claire Perry reflects on her time at Climate Week

    • Speech
  10. UK government launches plan to accelerate growth of green finance

    • Press release