Ministerial role

Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth

Responsibilities

The minister is responsible for:

  • Industrial Strategy
  • carbon budgets
  • international climate change, including International Climate Fund
  • climate science and innovation
  • green finance
  • energy efficiency and heat, including fuel poverty
  • low carbon generation
  • energy retail markets
  • smart meters and smart systems
  • oil and gas, including shale gas
  • security of supply
  • electricity and gas wholesale markets and networks
  • international energy
  • energy security, including resilience and emergency planning

Current role holder: The Rt Hon 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.

Education

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.

Announcements

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  1. UK deepens climate change partnership with Pacific Islands

    • Press release
  2. World-first carbon 'net-zero' hub of heavy industry to help UK seize global economic opportunities of clean growth

    • Press release
  3. £100 million for renewable energy projects in Africa to provide electricity to 2.4 million people a year

    • Press release
  4. Food scraps could be turned into environmentally friendly plastic packaging

    • Press release
  5. Professor Piers Forster joins Committee on Climate Change

    • News story
  6. Plan to enable first UK carbon capture project from the mid 2020s announced at world-first summit

    • Press release
  7. Smart meters are the smart choice, now and in the future

    • Speech
  8. Energy upgrades for coldest privately rented homes to save billpayers £180 a year

    • Press release
  9. Business Secretary hosts first cross-government working group on future regulation

    • Press release
  10. Climate experts asked for advice on net zero target

    • Press release