Ministerial role

Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy


The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy which brings together responsibilities for business, industrial strategy, science, innovation and energy. This includes:

  • leading the government’s relationship with business
  • ensuring that the country has secure energy supplies that are reliable, affordable and clean
  • ensuring the UK remains at the leading edge of science, research and innovation, this includes responsibility for:
    • the UK’s membership of Horizon Europe
    • the Advanced Research & Invention Agency
    • the Innovation Strategy and R&D People & Culture Strategy
    • the Office for AI
    • our European Space Agency membership
  • steel and metals, critical minerals and the maritime, automotive and aerospace sectors

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Grant Shapps

    2022 to 2023

  2. The Rt Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg

    2022 to 2022

  3. The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng

    2021 to 2022

  4. The Rt Hon Sir Alok Sharma KCMG

    2020 to 2021

  5. The Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom

    2019 to 2020

  6. The Rt Hon Greg Clark

    2016 to 2019