Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Business and Industry


Responsibilities include:

  • Industrial Strategy
    • Industrial Strategy delivery
  • Sector Deals
  • aerospace
  • advanced manufacturing
  • materials, including steel
  • automotive
  • nuclear
  • infrastructure and construction
  • professional services
  • rail supply chain
  • defence
  • maritime
  • Pubs Code policy
  • supply chains

Current role holder: Richard Harrington MP

Richard Harrington was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 14 June 2017.

He served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions from 17 July 2016 to 14 June 2017. He was elected as Conservative MP for Watford in May 2010.


Richard attended Leeds Grammar school and was awarded a scholarship to Oxford University, studying law at Keble College.

Political career

He previously served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State jointly at the Home Office, the Department for Communities and Local Government, and the Department for International Development from September 2015 until July 2016.

Career outside politics

His business career started with the John Lewis Partnership and he eventually ran a business, which at its peak had 2,000 employees in 7 countries.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Jesse Norman MP

    • 2016 to 2017


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