Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Business, Energy and Corporate Responsibility)


Responsibilities include:

  • Lords lead on BEIS business
  • corporate governance and responsibility
  • audit, including the Financial Reporting Council
  • the Insolvency Service
  • company law
  • Companies House
  • Land Registry
  • Ordnance Survey
  • better regulation and regulatory reform
  • smart meters and smart systems
  • energy efficiency (local)
  • fuel poverty
  • clean heat
  • rail supply
  • chemicals
  • Investment Screening Unit
  • Help to Grow: Digital

Current role holder

Lord Callanan

Lord Callanan was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 14 February 2020.

He was Minister of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union from 27 October 2017 to 31 January 2020.


He was educated at Newcastle Polytechnic where he gained a Bachelor of Science degree (BSc) in electrical and electronic engineering.

Political career

Callanan was a Conservative Councillor on Tyne and Wear County Council between 1983 and 1986 and Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council between 1987 and 1996.

He was a Member of the European Parliament for the North East England constituency from 1999, re-elected in 2004 and 2009.

He became the leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists group from 2011-2014.

Callanan was created a Life Peer on 24 September 2014 taking the title Baron Callanan, of Low Fell in the County of Tyne and Wear.

He was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Transport between June and October 2017.

Career outside politics

He worked as a project engineer at Scottish and Newcastle breweries from 1986 to 1998.

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