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Ministerial responsibilities announced at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Vince Cable: Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Overall responsibility for the department, strategy and all policies…

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Vince Cable: Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

  • Overall responsibility for the department, strategy and all policies
  • Overall responsibility for BIS budget
  • Particular focus on business and banking issues
  • Lead Cabinet Minister for reducing regulatory burdens across Government

David Willetts: Minister of State for Universities and Science

  • Looking across all departmental business at strategic priorities
  • Higher education (including HEFCE and Student Loans Company)
  • Science and research (including Research Councils)
  • Life sciences
  • Innovation
  • Also responsible for the Technology Strategy Board, Energy Technologies Institute, the National Measurement Office, the UK Accreditation Service, the British Standards Institution, and space policy

Michael Fallon: Minister of State for Business and Enterprise

  • Business sectors, including low carbon economy, low emission vehicles, electronics
  • Small business, enterprise and access to finance
  • Competitiveness and economic growth
  • Deregulation and better regulation
  • Regional and local economic development (including Grants for Business Investment)
  • Business support
  • Olympic legacy
  • Export licensing
  • Royal Mail
  • General oversight of Shareholder Executive and its portfolios
  • Commons spokesman on Trade and Investment

Lord Green: Minister of State for Trade and Investment (Joint with Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

  • Development and implementation of cross-Government strategy for trade and inward investment
  • Responsibility for UK Trade & Investment, UK Export Finance (Export Credits Guarantee Department)
  • Spokesman for the Government on trade and investment issues in the House of Lords
  • Member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group
  • Coordination of European business
  • Multilateral trade policy
  • Single market and implementation

Jo Swinson: Parliamentary Under Secretary for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs

  • Post Office
  • Employment relations (including ACAS)
  • Consumer policy and consumer affairs
  • Competition policy
  • Corporate governance
  • Company law
  • Social enterprise
  • Insolvency Service (including company investigations)
  • ERR Bill

Matthew Hancock: Parliamentary Under Secretary for Skills (Joint with Department for Education)

  • Further education
  • Apprenticeships
  • Adult skills
  • Skills Funding Agency
  • Skills strategy
  • Lifelong learning
  • Informal adult learning
  • UK Commission for Employment and Skills
  • Sector skills councils
  • Workplace training reforms
  • Qualifications reform programme
  • ERR Bill

Lord Marland: Parliamentary Under Secretary

  • Covers all BIS business in the Lords except Trade and Investment
  • Intellectual property (including the IPO)
  • ERR Bill
  • Support for Minister for Trade and Investment on trade promotion
  • Chair of Council of Business Ambassadors


Notes to editors:


  1. The Government’s economic policy objective is to achieve ‘strong, sustainable and balanced growth that is more evenly shared across the country and between industries.’ It set four ambitions in the ‘Plan for Growth’ (PDF 1.7MB), published at Budget 2011: * To create the most competitive tax system in the G20 * To make the UK the best place in Europe to start, finance and grow a business * To encourage investment and exports as a route to a more balanced economy * To create a more educated workforce that is the most flexible in Europe.

Work is underway across Government to achieve these ambitions, including progress on more than 250 measures as part of the Growth Review. Developing an Industrial Strategy gives new impetus to this work by providing businesses, investors and the public with more clarity about the long-term direction in which the Government wants the economy to travel.

  1. BIS’s online newsroom contains the latest press notices and speeches, as well as video and images for download. It also features an up to date list of BIS press office contacts. See for more information.

Notes to Editors

Contact Information

Name BIS Press Office Job Title

Division Department for Business, Innovation & Skills Phone




Name Aidan Steer Job Title

Division Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Phone 020 7215 5245 Fax



Published 6 September 2012